The <i>Homeric Hymn to Pan</i>

Oliver Thomas

in The Homeric Hymns

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

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This chapter offers a systematic reading of the nineteenth Homeric Hymn to Pan and considers its relationship to the long Hymn to Hermes. A detailed analysis treats the poetics of the Hymn's narrative structures and Pan's representation in relation to other gods. It is argued that the inset musical performances of the nymphs serve to reflect upon the contents and performative roles of hymns in Greece. The chapter also considers carefully the poem's place and date of composition and its relationship to the spread of Pan's cult in Greece.

Keywords: Pan; Hermes; Nymphs; performance context; cult; music

Chapter.  9230 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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