Homeric Hymns

ISBN-10: 0801879833
ISBN-13: 9780801879838
Edition: 2nd 2004
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Description: A rich source for students of Greek mythology and literature, the Homeric hymns are also fine poetry. Attributed by the ancients to Homer, these prooimia, or preludes, were actually composed over centuries and used by poets to prepare for the  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 6/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

A rich source for students of Greek mythology and literature, the Homeric hymns are also fine poetry. Attributed by the ancients to Homer, these prooimia, or preludes, were actually composed over centuries and used by poets to prepare for the singing or recitation of longer portions of the Homeric epics. In his acclaimed translations of the hymns, Apostolos Athanassakis preserves the essential simplicity of the original Greek, offering a straightforward, line-by-line translation that makes no attempts to masquerade or modernize. For this long-awaited new edition, Athanassakis enhances his classic work with a comprehensive index, careful and selective changes in the translations themselves, and numerous additions to the notes which will enrich the reader's experience of these ancient and influential poems.

Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each.

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To Demeter
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To Hermes
To Aphrodite
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To Dionysos
To Ares
To Artemis
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To Athena
To Hera
To Demeter
To the mother of the Gods
To lion-hearted Herakles
To Asklepios
To the Dioskouroi
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To Pan
To Hephaistos
To Apollon
To Poseidon
To Zeus
To Hestia
To the muses and Apollon
To Dionysos
To Artemis
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To Hestia
To Earth, mother of all
To Helios
To Selene
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