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10.24.07 - Homeric Hymn to Demeter Myth and Religion 1...

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Homeric Hymn to Demeter: Myth and Religion 1. Author unknown 2. Probably composed sometime in the period 650-550 BCE 3. Standard forms: begins with invocation of deity (Demeter and her daughter Persephone), tells important story, ends with prayer for blessing and a transition to another poem 4. Who is Demeter? Goddess of agricultural fertility a. Name: De + meter (meter=mother); also Deo 5. What is the point of the story told in the hymn? Praises Demeter by demonstrating her power 6. Structure and meaning a. Simple plot: the beginning of a story sets out a situation and introduces a problem; the middle develops and complicates the problem; the end resolves the problem, usually with a change to the original situation b. What changes are there in the resolution? What doesn’t seem to fit the plot? 7. 1-39: Hades seizes Persephone without Demeter’s consent or knowledge (initial problem, two fold: how ill Demeter learn what has happened, and how will she get Persephone back?) 8. 39-?:Demeter searches for her and learns story from Hekate and Helios
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