September 14- Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite

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September 14, 2007 Gods and Mortals Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite Invocation of deity Praise of deity -Epithets o Cypria (‘The Cyprian’: island of Cyprus) o Cytherea (‘The Cytherean’: island of Cythera) -description of powers and attributes Author unknown C. 700 BCE? Song in honor of Aphrodite Universal power? Three exceptions in divine realm: virgin goddesses -Athena -Artemis: associated with wilderness and hunting of wild animals -Hestia: ‘hearth’ The poet, even in honoring Aphrodite (sexuality), is careful to pay honor to those outside of her sphere of power (virginity) Power over Zeus? (lines 36-57) Yes but Zeus can exercise power over her in turn He does so by making her fall in love with a mortal man (tit for tat!) Can the gods exercise power in areas ‘belonging’ to other gods? Or can only Zeus do this? Gods could appear to mortals Epiphany: Greek epiphaneia , ‘an appearance, a coming into view’
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Did the ancient Greeks really believe in divine epiphanies? Or were such stories limited
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