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The First <i>Homeric Hymn</i> to Dionysus

Martin West

in The Homeric Hymns

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589036
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728983 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589036.003.0002
The First Homeric Hymn to Dionysus

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This chapter examines carefully the fragmentary remains of the first Homeric Hymn to Dionysus and provides a reconstruction of the poem's narrative, which, it is argued, told the story of Hera's binding and Dionysus' successful arrival on Olympus. Detailed attention is given to the possible interaction of this narrative with the narratives found in other early hexameter poetry, particularly the Iliad and Odyssey. It is suggested that the Hymn's narrative may have served as a model.

Keywords: Dionysus; Hephaestus; Hera; Iliad; Odyssey; Homer

Chapter.  5997 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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