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  The Homeric Hymns: INTRODUCTION
The genre of Homeric hymns probably began as short introductions to the long recitations of traditional, oral epic poetry that was popular centuries before the advent of writing in Greece in the eighth century b.c.e.
The Hymn to Apollo (3) may have been performed in the competitions at Delphi, or perhaps at the festival of Apollo on the island of Delos that is mentioned in the hymn itself (149–64).
The Hymn to Demeter seems to be told from the mother’s point of view, and gives equal weight to the glory of the life-giving powers of the mother and her sadness over the loss of her daughter.
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 Amazon.com: Homeric Hymns (Penguin Classics): Books: Homer,Nicholas Richardson,Jules Cashford
Jules Cashford is attuned to the poetry of the Hymns."
Jules Cashford is attuned to the poetry of the Hymns." (Nigel Spivey, Cambridge University)
The Homeric Hymns themselves are a miscellaneous collection of 33 poems, differing in terms of age and likely function; what they have in common are the Greek gods who are their subject, and the epic hexameter.
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  Homer: Collection Of Hesiod, Homer and Homerica: The Homeric Hymns - Free Online Library
The "Hymn to Aphrodite" is not the least remarkable, from a literary point of view, of the whole collection, exhibiting as it does in a masterly manner a divine being as the unwilling victim of an irresistible force.
The only other considerable hymn is that to "Pan", which describes how he roams hunting among the mountains and thickets and streams, how he makes music at dusk while returning from the chase, and how he joins in dancing with the nymphs who sing the story of his birth.
The Hymns to "Hermes" (xviii), to the "Dioscuri"
homer.thefreelibrary.com /Collection-Of-Hesiod-Homer-and-Homerica/8-1   (1632 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Homeric Hymns
The anonymous Homeric Hymns celebrating individual gods are a collection of ancient Greek hymns, "Homeric" in the sense that they employ the same dactylic hexameter as the Iliad and Odyssey and are couched in the same dialect.
This still places the older Homeric hymns among the oldest monuments of Greek literature; but although most of them were composed in the 7th and 6th centuries, a few may be Hellenistic, and the Hymn to Ares might be a late pagan work, inserted when it was observed that a hymn to Ares was lacking.
It has been suggested that the Hymn to Apollo, attributed by an ancient source to Cynaethus of Chios (a member of the Homeridae), was composed in 522 BC for performance at the unusual double festival held by Polycrates of Samos to honour Apollo of Delos and of Delphi.
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 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 96.04.04
Moreover, the shortest Hymns should not be considered abbreviations of the long ones, as some have thought, but, on the contrary, would be especially useful to the rhapsode as a kind of minimalist acknowledgment of the divinity at whose festival he was performing.
Thus the Hymns stand midway between the choral cult hymn and the heroic epic and incorporate the structures and themes of the former, while simultaneously embracing elements from the Homeric epic.
The discussion of each Hymn is prefaced with a survey of the conception of the divinity in Homer, Hesiod, and later writers, in order to determine which traits the hymn poet took over from his predecessors and which are new.
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The Hymn to Aphrodite, too, is Homeric in its grace, and charm, and divine sense of human limitations, of old age that comes on the fairest, as Tithonus and Anchises; of death and disease that wait for all.
The Hymn to Dionysus, representing him as a youth in the fulness of beauty, is of a charm which was not attainable, while early art represented the God as a mature man; but literary art, in the Homeric age, was in advance of sculpture and painting.
Indeed the germ of the Hymn occurs in Iliad, B. 820: "AEneas, whom holy Aphrodite bore to the embraces of Anchises on the knowes of Ida, a Goddess couching with a mortal." Again, in E. 313, AEneas is spoken of as the son of Aphrodite and the neat-herd, Anchises.
www2.cddc.vt.edu /gutenberg/1/6/3/3/16338/16338.txt   (20334 words)

 Hymns to the Goddess Athena - Main
he Homeric Hymns are a collection of thirty-three Hymns, ascribed to Homer, and is the last considerable work of the Epic School.
Thucydides quotes the Delian Hymn to Apollo, and it is possible that the Homeric corpus of his day also contained other of the more important hymns.
here are two Homeric Hymns to the Goddess Athena, one extolling her virtues and the other recounting her birth.
www.goddess-athena.org /Encyclopedia/Rituals/Hymns/Hymns_m.htm   (573 words)

 Homeric Hymns
Most of the Greek poems in the collection known as the Homeric Hymns were composed around the 7th century b.c.e.
They were attributed to Homer, as Thucydides records, and a reference near the end of the Hymn to Delian Apollo to a blind singer cinched it for some.
Many of the hymns function as introductions, but it is not known to what.
www.wsu.edu /~delahoyd/hymns.html   (654 words)

 Aoidoi: Homeric Hymns
The Homeric Hymns, though attributed to Homer in antiquity, are anonymous poems probably composed slightly after the Iliad and the Odyssey were.
The Hymns — also called προοίμια, proems — were apparently brief invocations to a god the rhapsodes recited before starting in on a larger epic.
Most of the shorter hymns are in the 5-15 line range, but it appears that the hymn could be elaborated out to greater length.
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 Homeric Hymns
All of the works collectively known as the Homeric Hymns are collected and translated here in their entirety, and the work includes ample notes and an introduction to place the works in their historic importance.
The long hymns tell of a daughter stolen and her mother’s grief, of one god’s search for a place to found his temple, of the struggle a new-born god makes to win recognition through his skill at trickery, and of love for a mortal man imposed on a goddess to teach her a lesson.
Even the shorter hymns provide wonderfully vivid portraits of the gods and goddesses in action: Zeus whispering his schemes to a trusted aunt; Athena, born from the head of her father, stopping even the sun in his course; Kastor and Polydeukes sweeping down from the heavens to save a storm-tossed ship.
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The chief concern of the Homeric hymns, it has been asserted, is to explain the acquisition of timai by the Olympians (J.S. Clay, The Politics of Olympus 1989: 96).
The timai of Hermes are clearly reflected in the hymn by both the actions of the young god and the context-specific epithets chosen by the poet to describe him.
In the proem to the hymn and the poet's description of the child's birth, the epithets used for Hermes are proleptic: they predict certain attributes that Hermes will obtain in the hymn or during his tenure as an Olympian.
www.apaclassics.org /AnnualMeeting/01mtg/abstracts/greene.html   (573 words)

 Commentary on the Homeric HymnsMachine readable text   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Relation of the hymn to the Mysteries.Great as is the poetical value of the hymn, perhaps its chief interest lies in the fact that it is the most ancient and the most complete document bearing on the Eleusinian mysteries.
He believes that the hymn as it stands is a fusion of two distinct poems, one of which narrated the rape of Persephone without alluding to Eleusis and the mysteries, while the other treated the mourning of Demeter and the institution of the Eleusinian cult (p.
The conclusion of Baumeister and Gemoll, that the hymn is practically untouched and uncontaminated, is adopted in the present edition.
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 Homeric Hymns   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Most of the Greek poems in the collection known as the Homeric Hymns were composed around the 7th century b.c.e.
They were attributed to Homer, as Thucydides records, and a reference near the end of the Hymn to Delian Apollo to a blind singer cinched it for some.
Many of the hymns function as introductions, but it is not known to what.
www.wsu.edu:8001 /~delahoyd/hymns.html   (654 words)

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The thirty-three Homeric hymns were composed by different poets from different centures.
Some of the hymns may be as early as the 7th century B.C. Each of the hymns honors a single god or goddess.
Homeric hymns and the Homeric Hymn to Apollo
www.utexas.edu /depts/classics/faculty/perlman.1/outline_6.html   (368 words)

 Homeric Singing - An Approach to the Original Performance
In the course of the last years, we have developed a technique of singing the Homeric epics, which is appropriate for the primarily oral tradition from which these poems emerge.
The Homeric bard sang his songs to the four-stringed phorminx, improvising his four-note melody at the same time as he improvised his text, which was unique in every performance.
Our theory is not to be understood as the exact reconstruction of a given melody, but as an approach to the technique the Homeric singers used to accommodate melodic principles to the demands of the individual verse, guided by the accentual structure and sentence-intonation of the Ancient Greek language as well as by metrical structures.
www.oeaw.ac.at /kal/sh   (710 words)

 Homeric Hymns (Focus Classical Library)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In ancient Greece, a hymn was a song of praise to a god--but it could also tell a rousing story, like the infant Hermes stealing his brother Apollos cattle, or Aphrodite seducing the Trojan prince Anchises on Mt. Ida.
In clear, lively prose, she explains the hymns literary tradition, myth sources, and forms.
But what makes her translation first-rate is that the poems are written in a clear, engaging voice that is both true to ancient Greek stylistics and yet sounds as contemporary as today.
www.wbthub.com /Homeric-Hymns-Focus-Classical-Library-1585100196   (396 words)

 Orphic Hymns
They are known collectively as the "Orphic Hymns", taking their name from the famous and probably legendary poet and musician, Orpheus, to whom is attributed also one of the major religions of the Hellenistic world - the Orphic religion.
Each of the hymns is headed by a short description of the herbs or substances used as a means of calling on the deity.
This aspect is also celebrated in the Homeric Hymns where she is depicted as surrounded by howling wolves and roaring lions.
www.asphodel-long.com /html/orphic_hymns.html   (1198 words)

 Homeric Hymn to Demeter: Background Notes
The Theogony is an especially important background document for the Homeric Hymns, since the hymns as a whole fill out and specify the honors accorded to each of the Olympian divinities.
All of the Homeric hymns recount important chapters in the mythological history of the Olympians.
And several (again including the Hymn to Demeter) fill in an important aspect of the cosmogony that was left undeveloped in the Theogony: the relationship between gods and mortals.
mkatz.web.wesleyan.edu /cciv110x/hhdemeter/cciv110.back.demeter.html   (2197 words)

 Homeric Hymns. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
), name applied to a body of 34 hexameter poems falsely attributed to Homer by the ancients.
B.C., they are complimentary verses addressed to the various gods, such as Aphrodite, Apollo, Demeter, and Hermes.
B.C.), a mock epic, were also incorrectly attributed to Homer.
www.bartleby.com /65/ho/HomericH.html   (131 words)

 Homeric Hymns - Encyclopedia.com
Homeric Hymns, name applied to a body of 34 hexameter poems falsely attributed to Homer by the ancients.
Composed probably between 800 and 300 BC, they are complimentary verses addressed to the various gods, such as Aphrodite, Apollo, Demeter, and Hermes.
BC), a mock epic, were also incorrectly attributed to Homer.
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 hymns - Books, journals, articles @ The Questia Online Library
...Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod Charles Penglase London...Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod I. Title 883.01 Library...Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod/Charles Penglase.
Hymns for Her by Emily Rahe Byline: Emily Rahe...hymnal supplement, "The Faith We Sing." Granted, most of the hymns in this 128-page book are traditional Christian paeans to...hymnal supplement subtly introduces feminist theology into hymns that inaccurately depict God.
HOMERIC HYMNS homer ik, name applied to a body of 34 hexameter poems falsely attributed to Homer by the ancients.
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 Publisher description for Library of Congress control number 2003005065
"Homeric" because they were composed in the same meter, dialect, and style as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, these "hymns" were created to be sung aloud.
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.
www.loc.gov /catdir/description/ucal042/2003005065.html   (325 words)

 The Homeric Hymns - Homer - Penguin UK
Written by unknown poets in the sixth and seventh centuries BC, the thirty-three Homeric Hymns were recited at festivals to honour the Olympian goddesses and gods, and to pray for divine favour or for victory in singing contests.
Recounting significant episodes from mythology, such as the abduction of Persephone by Hades and Hermes’ theft of Apollo’s cattle, the Hymns also provide fascinating insights into cults, rituals and holy sanctuaries, giving us an intriguing view of the ancient Greek relationship between humans and the divine.
This translation of the Homeric Hymns is new to Penguin Classics, providing a key text for understanding ancient Greek mythology and religion.
www.penguin.co.uk /nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780140437829,00.html?sym=REV   (212 words)

 Hine, Daryl: Works of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns
In Works of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns, highly acclaimed poet and translator Daryl Hine brings to life the words of Hesiod and the world of Archaic Greece.
In contrast, the Homeric Hymns are more distant in that they depict aristocratic life in a polished tone that reveals nothing of the narrators' personalities.
These hymns (so named because they address the deities in short invocations at the beginning and end of each) are some of the earliest examples of epyllia, or short stories in the epic manner in Greek.
www.press.uchicago.edu /cgi-bin/hfs.cgi/00/16454.ctl   (388 words)

 Greece Museums Guide: Greek Mythology
In their various legends, stories and hymns the gods of ancient Greece are nearly all described as human in appearance, unaging, nearly immune to all wounds and sickness, capable of becoming invisible, able to travel vast distances almost instantly, and able to speak through human beings with or without their knowledge.
They are often closely associated with cult-centers of the god in question: the Homeric Hymn to Apollo is a compound of two earlier narratives: one telling of his birth at Delos, the other of his establishment of the oracle at Delphi.
Similarly, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, with its tale of the abduction of Persephone by Hades, narrates the back-story of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
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 Biblioteca Arcana
Hymn and Invocation of Aphrodite in hypertext and postscript form.
Also, two hymns to Aphrodite, hymns to the Muses and Apollo, hymns to Zeus, Hephaistos, Artemis, Poseidon, Athena, Demeter and Aesculapius.
Mesomedes' "Hymn to the Muse," translated and set to the original (ancient) music (now with MP3 files).
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 Amazon.com: The Homeric Hymns: Books: Homerus,Apostolos N. Athanassakis
The poems are described as Homer's in the manuscript tradition, in which they are offered together with hymns by historical poets, but also some attributed to the mythical Orpheus.
They are in the dactylic hexameter line of the Homeric epics, which in some of them is employed as a lyric meter -- a somewhat astonishing idea to those who know the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey." Athanassakis does a wonderful job of producing consistently attractive English versions, while attempting to adhere closely to the original.
The "Hymn" should settle the matter, and Athanassakis, like most translators, offers a version in which it *is* winter -- but explicitly notes (as Cashford/Richardson, for example, do not) that the whole section is in such poor condition in the only extant manuscript that this is merely a plausible reconstruction.
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