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Author Vergados, Athanassios, author

Title The Homeric hymn to Hermes : introduction, text and commentary / by Athanassios Vergados
Published Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (717 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Texte und Kommentare, 0563-3087 ; Band 41
Texte und Kommentare ; Bd. 41.
Contents 880-01 Summary of the poem -- Music, poetry, and language -- Humour in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes -- Relation to archaic literature -- Relation to other literature -- Structure and arrangement -- Date and place of composition -- The transmission of the text
880-01/Grek Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1. Summary of the poem -- 2. Music, poetry, and language -- 2.1 Hermes' two songs -- 2.2 Hermes' songs as mise en abyme -- 2.3 Semata, poetry, and prophecy -- 2.4 Hermes' deceptive language -- 3. Humour in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes -- 4. Relation to archaic literature -- 4.1 Language -- 4.1.1 Vocabulary: -- 4.1.2 Formulaic Phrases: -- 4.2 Metre and prosody -- 4.3 Thematic correspondences between h. Herm. and other archaic hexameter poems: -- Appendix: oral or literate composition-- 5. Relation to other literature -- 5.1 References to the story of h. Herm. in other authors -- 5.2 Allusions to h. Herm -- 6. Structure and arrangement -- 7. Date and place of composition -- 7.1 Date of composition -- 7.2 Place of composition -- 8. The transmission of the text -- Ὓμνος ετ̔̈"Ε""·ς Ἑρμγην -- Commentary -- Bibliography -- Illustrations -- Indices
Summary "The Hymn to Hermes, while surely the most amusing of the so-called Homeric Hymns, also presents an array of challenging problems. In just 580 lines, the newborn god invents the lyre and sings a hymn to himself, travels from Cyllene to Pieria to steal Apollo's cattle, organizes a feast at the river Alpheios where he serves the meat of two of the stolen animals, cunningly defends his innocence, and is finally reconciled to Apollo, to whom he gives the lyre in exchange for the cattle. This book provides the first detailed commentary devoted specifically to this unusual poem since Radermacher's 1931 edition. The commentary pays special attention to linguistic, philological, and interpretive matters. It is preceded by a detailed introduction that addresses the Hymn's ideas on poetry and music, the poem's humour, the Hymn's relation to other archaic hexameter literature both in thematic and technical aspects, the poem's reception in later literature, its structure, the issue of its date and place of composition, and the question of its transmission. The critical text, based on F. Càssola's edition, is equipped with an apparatus of formulaic parallels in archaic hexameter poetry as well as possible verbal echoes in later literature."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes English
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Subject Hermes (Greek deity) -- In literature
Hermes (Greek deity)
Hymn to Hermes.
Homeric hymns.
Homeric hymns.
Hymn to Hermes.
Greek poetry -- History and criticism
Hymns, Greek (Classical) -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Ancient & Classical.
Greek poetry.
Hymns, Greek (Classical)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783110259704