Homeric Hymns

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Sarah Ruden
Hackett Publishing, 2005 - Poetry - 104 pages
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In this new translation of the "Homeric Hymns," Sarah Ruden employs a melodious and flexible non-rhyming line of eleven syllables, offering a close approximation of Greek hexameter verse in natural English rhythms. The result is a Homeric Hymns marked by its accuracy, simplicity, and economy of movement.

Sheila Murnaghan's Introduction situates the "Hymns" within the mythological and performative traditions that gave rise to them. Focusing on the longer "Hymns," she perceptively illuminates these oddly charming and sometimes grave accounts of defining episodes in the evolution of the cosmos.

Notes and a Glossary of Names are included.

 

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User Review  - aoibhealfae - LibraryThing

There are two well-known Hymns in Homeric Hymns collection which are Hymns for Demeter and Apollo which are two very different story from one another. There are also incoherent pieces of poems which ... Read full review

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These are 33 hymns to the various Greek Gods: the twelve Olympians, Rhea, Heracles, Asclepios, the Dioscuri, Pan, the Muses, Mother Earth, Helios and Selene. About half of them are very short--just a ... Read full review

Contents

To Dionysus Fragments
1
To Demeter
3
To Apollo
19
To Hermes
38
To Aphrodite
57
To Aphrodite
67
To Dionysus
68
To Ares
70
To Hephaestus
83
To Apollo
84
To Poseidon
85
To Zeus
86
To Hestia
87
To the Muses and Apollo
88
To Dionysus
89
To Artemis
90

To Artemis
71
To Aphrodite
72
To Athena
73
To Hera
74
To Demeter
75
To the Mother of the Gods
76
To Lionhearted Heracles
77
To Asclepius 7 S 17 To the Dioscuri
79
To Hermes
80
To Pan
81
To Athena
91
ToHestia
92
To Earth Mother of All Things
93
To Helios
94
To Selene
95
To the Dioscuri
96
To Guestfriends
97
Glossary of Names
98
Selected Bibliography
103
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About the author (2005)

Sarah Ruden is a classically trained poet and translator. Her translations of Petronius' Satyricon and Aristophanes' Lysistrata are also published by Hackett Publishing Company.

Sheila Murnaghan is Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

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