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The <i>Homeric Hymns</i> as Genre

Jenny Clay

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/9780199589036.003.0011
The Homeric Hymns as Genre

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This chapter offers a reading of the Homeric Hymns as a genre distinct from the theogonic poetry of Hesiod and the Homeric epics the Iliad and Odyssey. It is argued that the Hymns are unified by their treatment of formative events that are epoch‐making moments in the Olympian order, such as the introduction of a god through birth. Consideration is also given to the performance context of the Hymns, and it is suggested that the longer Hymns developed originally as independent, Panhellenic compositions, not tied to any location.

Keywords: genre; Hesiod; Iliad; Odyssey; Homer; Panhellenic; performance context

Chapter.  9475 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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