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September 10- Homeric Hymn to Hermes

September 10- Homeric Hymn to Hermes - The Nature of the...

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September 10, 2007 The Nature of the Gods, Homeric Hymn to Hermes Greek hymnos , ‘song’, especially ‘song in honor of a god’ ‘Homeric’ -use Homeric meter and style -some attributed to Homer in antiquity Now thought to be composed by different poets at different times in Archaic period; gathered into a collection at a (much?) later date Structure -invocation of deity -praise of deity o Enumeration of titles and epithets (secondary or descriptive names) o Description of powers and attributes o Narration of birth and other famous deeds -farewell and/or request for blessings; transition to another poem Context -sung by solo performer (as indicated by meter) -‘Preludes’ to performances of other programs (cf. last lines of hymns to Hermes and Aphrodite; hymn to Muses that opens Theogony ) -Longer hymns performed at festivals of gods? (cf. hymn to Apollo, lines 146-164) Author unknown Latter part of sixth century BCE? Or latter part of seventh century BCE
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