Homeric Hymns A Translation, with Introduction and Notes

ISBN-10: 0520239938
ISBN-13: 9780520239937
Edition: 2004
Authors: Diane J. Rayor
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/12/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

The Homeric Hymns have survived for two and a half millennia because of their captivating stories, beautiful language, and religious significance. Well before the advent of writing in Greece, they were performed by traveling bards at religious events, competitions, banquets, and festivals. Thirty-four poems that invoke and celebrate the gods of ancient Greece, the Homeric Hymns raise questions that humanity still struggles with--questions about our place among others and in the world. "Homeric" because they were composed in the same meter, dialect, and style as Homer'sIliadandOdyssey,these "hymns" were created to be sung aloud. In this superb translation by Diane Rayor, which deftly combines accuracy and poetry, the ancient music of the hymns comes alive for the modern reader. Here is the birth of Apollo, god of prophecy, healing, and music and founder of Delphi, the most famous oracular shrine in ancient Greece. Here is Zeus, inflicting upon Aphrodite her own mighty power to cause gods to mate with humans, and here is Demeter rescuing her daughter Persephone from the underworld and initiating the rites of the Eleusinian Mysteries. With her introduction and notes, Rayor places the hymns in their historical and aesthetic context, providing all the information needed to read, interpret, and fully appreciate these literary windows on an ancient world. As introductions to the Greek gods, entrancing stories, exquisite poetry, and early literary records of key religious rituals and sites,The Homeric Hymnsshould be read by any student of mythology, classical literature, ancient religion, women in antiquity, or the Greek language.

Acknowledgments
Map
Introduction
Dionysos
Demeter
Apollo
Hermes
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Dionysos
Ares
Artemis
Aphrodite
Athena
Hera
Demeter
Mother of the Gods
Herakles
Asklepios
Dioskouroi
Hermes
Pan
Hephaistos
Apollo
Poseidon
Zeus
Hestia
The Muses, Apollo, and Zeus
Dionysos
Artemis
Athena
Hestia and Hermes
Gaia
Helios
Selene
Dioskouroi
Xenoi
Notes
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