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

Dominique Jaillard

in The Homeric Hymns

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589036
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728983 | DOI:
The Seventh Homeric Hymn to Dionysus

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This chapter examines the epiphanic nature of the narrative of the seventh Homeric Hymn to Dionysus in relation to the other Hymns in the collection, taking into account distinctions of length, and Dionysus' presentation elsewhere in Greek literature (including Euripides' Bacchae) and art. It is argued that the focalization of the seventh Hymn on the epiphany of Dionysus upon the ship of the Tyrsenian pirates is not simply the narration of a divine epiphany; rather one finds in the Hymn the epiphanic structuring of the narrative.

Keywords: Dionysus; epiphany; narrative structure; Tyrsenian Pirates; Euripides; Bacchae

Chapter.  7988 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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