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Unformatted text preview: Clas 131 Notes 24 The Homeric Hymn to Demeter Be able to:- identify the key themes and focuses of the Homeric hymn to demeter as these The Homeric Hymn to Demeter Author unknown Probably composed sometime in the period 650-550 BCE Standard form: begins with invocation of deity (Demeter and her daughter Persephone), tells important story, ends with prayer for blessing, and a transition to another poem Who is Demeter? Goddess of agricultural fertility Name: Deo + meter (“Mother Deo,” cf. line 47) What is the primary purpose of the story told in the hymn? To praise Demeter by demonstrating her power 1-41: Hades seizes Persephone without Demeter’s consent or knowledge (initial problem, two-fold: how will Demeter learn what has happened, and how will she get Persephone back?) 42-89: Demeter searches for Persephone and learns the story from Hecate and Helios (resolution of first half of initial problem) 90-302: Demeter’s sojourn in the home of Celeus, ruler of Eleusis 302-309: Demeter withholds agricultural fertility and refuses to restore it until Persephone is restored to her (complication)...
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07