9780801879838

Homeric Hymns

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801879838

  • ISBN10:

    0801879833

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/28/2004
  • Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PR

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Apostolos N. Athanassakis holds the James and Sarah Argyropoulos Chair in Hellenic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his many translations is Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days, Shield, also available from Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xiii
Fragments of the Hymn to Dionysos
1(1)
To Demeter
1(13)
To Apollon
14(14)
To Hermes
28(14)
To Aphrodite
42(8)
To Aphrodite
50(1)
To Dionysos
50(2)
To Ares
52(1)
To Artemis
52(1)
To Aphrodite
53(1)
To Athena
53(1)
To Hera
53(1)
To Demeter
53(1)
To the Mother of the Gods
54(1)
To Lion-Hearted Herakles
54(1)
To Asklepios
54(1)
To the Dioskouroi
54(1)
To Hermes
55(1)
To Pan
55(1)
To Hephaistos
56(1)
To Apollon
57(1)
To Poseidon
57(1)
To Zeus
57(1)
To Hestia
57(1)
To the Muses and Apollon
57(1)
To Dionysos
58(1)
To Artemis
58(1)
To Athena
59(1)
To Hestia
59(1)
To Earth, Mother of All
60(1)
To Helios
60(1)
To Selene
61(1)
To the Dioskouroi
62(1)
To Guest-Friends
62(1)
Notes 63(30)
Select Bibliography 93(4)
Index 97

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