Homeric Hymn to Demeter Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays

ISBN-10: 0691014795
ISBN-13: 9780691014791
Edition: 1994
Authors: Helene P. Foley
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List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/19/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The HomericHymn to Demeter, composed in the late seventh or early sixth century B.C.E., is a key to understanding the psychological and religious world of ancient Greek women. The poem tells how Hades, lord of the underworld, abducted the goddess Persephone and how her grieving mother, Demeter, the goddess of grain, forced the gods to allow Persephone to return to her for part of each year. Helene Foley presents the Greek text and an annotated translation of this poem, together with selected essays that give the reader a rich understanding of theHymn's structure and artistry, its role in the religious life of the ancient world, and its meaning for the modern world.

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Text and Translation, Commentary, and Background
Text and Translation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Background: The Eleusinian Mysteries and Women's Rites for Demeter
Interpretive Essay on the Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Interpreting the Hymn to Demeter
The "Theology" Of the Mysteries
Variants of the Myth and the Importance of the Version in the Hymn to Demeter
Female Experience in the Hymn to Demeter
Marriage
Gender Conflict and the Cosmological Tradition
The Mother/Daughter Romance
The Psychology of the Mysteries
The Hymn to Demeter and the Polis
Christianity and the Hymn to Demeter
The Influence of the Hymn to Demeter and Its Myth
App. Eleusis and Athens
App. The Hymn to Demeter as a Panhellenic Poem
Further Interpretation: Contributed Articles
Withdrawal and Return: An Epic Story Pattern in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and in the Homeric Poems
Some Functions of the Demophoon Episode in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Concerning the Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Politics and Pomegranates: An Interpretation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Family Structure and Feminine Personality
Bibliography
Index Locorum
General Index

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