The Homeric Hymns by Michael CruddenThe Homeric Hymns by Michael Crudden

The Homeric Hymns

Translated byMichael Crudden

Paperback | December 13, 2008

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'With fair-tressed Demeter, the sacred goddess, my song begins,With herself and her slim-ankled daughter, whom Aidoneus onceAbducted...'Most people are familiar, at least by repute, with the two great epics of Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey, but few are aware that other poems survive that were attributed to Homer in ancient times. The Homeric Hymns are now known to be the work of various poets working in the same tradition,probably during the seventh and sixth centuries BC. They honour the Greek gods, and recount some of the most attractive of the Greek myths. Four of them (Hymns 2-5) stand out by reason of their length and quality. The Hymn to Demeter tells what happened when Hades, lord of the dead, abductedPersephone, Demeter's daughter. The Hymn to Apollo describes Apollo's birth and the foundation of his Delphic oracle. In the Hymn to Hermes Apollo's cattle are stolen by a felonious infant - Hermes, god of thieves. In the Hymn to Aphrodite the goddess of love herself becomes infatuated with amortal man, the Trojan prince Ankhises.
Michael Crudden, Head of Classics, Alexandra College, Dublin.
Title:The Homeric HymnsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.47 inPublished:December 13, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199554757

ISBN - 13:9780199554751

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating Insight into Greek Gods and Goddesses The hymns are very enlightening and Ancient Greece and their stories of gods and goddesses. Some hymns were much more interesting and easier to follow then others. Some had so many passages that were lost it was difficult to follow the story and much of it was hypothetical meanings Homer could've meant. Overall, the hymns are very fascinating and should be analyzed for its structure and meaning.
Date published: 2016-12-15

Editorial Reviews

`...this new translation is a very worthwhile one that displays the rare combination of felicity of expression and erudition.'Journal of Hellenic Studies