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Children of Zeus in the <i>Homeric Hymns</i>

Nancy Felson

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/9780199589036.003.0012
Children of Zeus in the Homeric Hymns

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This chapter offers a reading of intergenerational conflict in the long Homeric Hymn to Apollo and the twenty‐eighth Hymn to Athena. Detailed attention is given to the relationship of the poem's narratives to the Hesiodic theogony, among other texts. It is argued that both of the Hymns treat the theme of intergenerational conflict, but that Apollo and Athena are ultimately portrayed as allies of Zeus, despite their potential for rebellion.

Keywords: Zeus; Athena; Apollo; intergenerational conflict; Hesiod; Theogony; gender

Chapter.  10172 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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