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The Hymn to Hermes, whereas without doubt the main fun of the so-called Homeric Hymns, additionally offers an array of hard difficulties. in exactly 580 strains, the infant god invents the lyre and sings a hymn to himself, travels from Cyllene to Pieria to scouse borrow Apollo’s livestock, 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 supplies the lyre in alternate for the farm animals. This e-book presents the 1st specified statement dedicated in particular to this strange poem for the reason that Radermacher’s 1931 version. The remark will pay specified recognition to linguistic, philological, and interpretive issues. it really is preceded via an in depth 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 points, 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 serious textual content, in line with F. Càssola’s variation, is supplied with an gear 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 booklet: Commentary
Keywords: Homeric Hymns; Hermes; Poetry; Greek; faith

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19 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 The which means ‘clever’ is attested for «; cf. 454n. yet see 12n. Homer has with the genitive ‘eager for’; the accusative is located at Od. 2. ninety seven (= 19. 142, 24. 132) and is glossed ‘urged on, press for the engaging in of what one desires’; cf. LfgrE, s. v. 2a. The feel at 86 is ‘hastening to complete. ’ yet see 116n. The feel ‘altars’ is inaccurate; see 135n. yet see 136n. yet is learn there; see 167n. yet this can be corrupt; see 187n. this is often an extension of its right which means; see 336n. In view of Hermes’ unusual sandals, one is justified in pondering literal knowing of is meant; see 348n. ‘Praising’ is the experience given by means of a few historical resources; see 427n. for a fuller account. Voss (1827, 118), the place he cites ballot. 7. 86–87 who, notwithstanding bringing up many examples from Comedy, doesn't recommend something as to the foundation of the note . Voss’s declare is either far-fetched and misses the purpose of the passage: Hermes is definitely now not donning any Date and position of Composition 133 Matthiae (p. 58–66) took factor with Voss’s arguments. He discarded a few of Voss’s linguistic objections due to the fact they seemed in verses which he thought of spurious or corrupt, and dated the poem among Alcaeus’ floruit (which he put within the forty fifth Olympiad, at 596) and the beginnings of previous Comedy (which he dated to the 54th Olympiad, i. e. 560/557). His argument too is predicated on content material and linguistic use: the Hermes poet turns out to grasp the tale of Hermes’ stealing Apollo’s quiver (cf. 515), possibly advised via Alcaeus, and provides Hermes as an youngster, an cutting edge circulate of Alcaeus’ who hence departed from the tale as advised within the nice Ehoiai. 20 Hermann thought of h. Herm. the youngest of the Homeric Hymns at the facts of metre (neglect of digamma even in circumstances of borrowing from previous epic and advent of exceptional situations of hiatus). 21 Greve (1867) produced word-lists documenting the divergences from Homeric diction and proposed a reduce relationship as a result of the poem’s strange diction. 22 No account is taken of the poet’s provenance, type, culture, idiosyncrasies, or maybe competence. it's only particularly lately that Janko (1982, 136) urged that the Hymn’s strange narrative kind and vocabulary can be with regards to its comedian tone and its extra cozy perspective in the direction of the subject material. 23 7. 1. 2 The Seven-stringed Lyre The seven-stringed lyre has usually been used as a controversy for constructing a terminus publish quem for the Hymn. At fifty one we're advised that Hermes connected seven strings to the lyre. Baumeister famous: “tum nullo modo hic poeta Mercurio septem chordas attribuere potuit, antequam res in usum 20 21 22 23 sandals and the observe (probably denoting sumptuous shoes) is used with a marginally of irony. See additionally 79n. yet this can be of uncertain cogency: we won't recognize no matter if one poet took the tale from the opposite or either drew on a typical resource. See Hermann (1805, 689), who doesn't besides the fact that supply any concrete proof. Cf. Greve (1867, 90): “nam in singulis vocibus tanta cernitur cum poëtis scenicis similitudo, ut carmen non multo ante rei scenicae Graecorum originem compositum esse possit.

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