Homeric and Un‐Homeric Hexameter Hymns

William D. Furley

in The Homeric Hymns

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589036
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728983 | DOI:
Homeric and Un‐Homeric Hexameter Hymns

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This chapter explores the relationship of the Homeric Hymns to other early hexameter hymns and their possible genesis from theogonic hymns and cult myth. Comparison is made between the Hymns and Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days, but also to the evidence for an Orphic hymnic theogony contained in the Derveni papyrus and the mock bird theogony in Aristophanes' Birds, among other texts. It is suggested that the Homeric Hymns may have developed as epicized elaborations of theogonic hymns.

Keywords: Theogony; Orpheus; Derveni; Hesiod; Aristophanes; Birds

Chapter.  11379 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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