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A Commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes: Introduction, Text and Commentary (Texte und Kommentare, Band 41)

By Athanassios Vergados

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The Hymn to Hermes, whereas absolutely the main a laugh of the so-called Homeric Hymns, additionally offers an array of demanding difficulties. in exactly 580 traces, the child god invents the lyre and sings a hymn to himself, travels from Cyllene to Pieria to thieve Apollo’s farm animals, organizes a dinner party on the river Alpheios the place he serves the beef of 2 of the stolen animals, cunningly defends his innocence, and is ultimately reconciled to Apollo, to whom he provides the lyre in alternate for the livestock. This e-book presents the 1st precise remark dedicated particularly to this strange poem because Radermacher’s 1931 variation. The observation will pay distinct cognizance to linguistic, philological, and interpretive concerns. it's preceded through a close advent that addresses the Hymn’s principles on poetry and song, the poem’s humour, the Hymn’s relation to different archaic hexameter literature either in thematic and technical elements, the poem’s reception in later literature, its constitution, the problem of its date and position of composition, and the query of its transmission. The severe textual content, in line with F. Càssola’s version, is provided with an equipment of formulaic parallels in archaic hexameter poetry in addition to attainable verbal echoes in later literature.

Athanassios Vergados, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, andNational and Kapodistrian college of Athens, Greece.

xiv, 718 pages
Language: English, old Greek
Type of book: Commentary
Keywords: Homeric Hymns; Hermes; Poetry; Greek; faith

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250): the poet may have used for φ and Ν φ , yet selected to stress the color of Maia’s rather than Ν outfits; cf. n. advert loc. μ # $ « $ « (272), μ # $ « $ (380), μ # $ «$ (459). those clausulae are restrained to h. Herm. Epic mostly makes use of $ « ; the poet’s choice for $ should be attributed to the emphasis on oratory and Hermes’ court defence speeches. Relation to Archaic Literature eleven. 12. thirteen. 14. 15. sixteen. 17. 18. 19. 18 fifty one ² nine ( λ ¹ ) (317); for the 1st hemistich, the poet may have tailored Od. 1. fifty six λ ξ ( λ ¹ ). there's an emphasis on during this Hymn (cf. seventy six, 108, 166, 447, 465, 511), to which this verse conforms. (348): the poet may have tailored (cf. Il. 1. 483, Od. 2. 213, 2. 429, h. Herm. 200); will be understood actually; cf. n. advert loc. $ $ (368; cf. 561) is ordinary to our poet (it is located in other places in basic terms at Doroth. p. 405. 18 = Heph. Astr. in Cat. Cod. Astr. p. 297. 13); the Homeric $ might have been hired. 18 the explanation may possibly be sought back within the emphasis on rhetoric within the Hymn. E nine φ « (413); Od. 15. 319 E might have been used in its place, however it turns out that φ « is influenced through the influence that Hermes’ track can have on Apollo’s wits; see n. advert loc. λ φ $ (442); Od. eight. 498 $ might have been used right here. This substitution could be attributed to the truth that our Hymn specializes in track as anything that may be taught instead of easily being a present from a god (cf. Il. 6. 157, Od. eight. 498, h. Dem. 220, 261); consequently φ ‘instruct’ is so as right here (cf. Od. 10. 549). # $ « (468); cf. Il. 15. 50 # $ «. There doesn't appear to be any semantic reason behind this substitution. (517); Il. three. 265 et al. λ might have been used the following (with $ ); once more there doesn't appear to be any semantic explanation for the substitution. « (521) = λ Il. 2. 112 might have been hired the following, and once more there's no semantic desire for this substitution. it truly is noteworthy that the poet makes use of at 567 $ « « «, metrically similar to « « « (Il. nine. 466*, 23. 166*, Od. 1. 92*, four. 320*, nine. 46*, Hes. Op. 795*; it truly is restored [Hes. ] fr. has at 368. fifty two advent 198. 11*). In some of these circumstances, « « « is preceded via a connection with sheep ( ), and maybe those different types of animals have been perceived as one unit in formulaic diction. The Hymn poet, who makes use of « « at 216 and 370, mentions sheep ( ) at 570. 20. it's going to be additional that the poet avoids using Homeric words for the atmosphere or emerging of the solar and the coming of a brand new day; see 197n. and 371n. four. 1. 2. three Verbal Echoes of different Archaic Hexameter Poems within the Homeric Hymn to Hermes during this part I checklist simply these verbal echoes which I ponder significant; in this subject, part four. three (p. 65–73) must also be consulted. Homer: 1. (π # μ μ« |) (53–54; cf. 420, 502). this can be a funny software of a formulaic word ( ) that happens consistently during this sedes in Homer and Hesiod and designates sounds linked to conflict that reason worry and awe; cf. Il. 2. 334, 15. 648, sixteen. 277, 21. 593. At Od. 17. 542 it describes the resonance of Telemachus’ ominous sneezing; cf. 420, the place is via ξ « #A , a junctura that may be paralleled through Od.

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