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The <i>Homeric Hymns</i> as Poetic Offerings

Claude Calame

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/9780199589036.003.0014
The Homeric Hymns as Poetic Offerings

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This chapter considers, from the point of view of enunciative modes, the nature of the Homeric Hymns as musical offerings to the divinities which they celebrate. The formal constituents of the Hymns, which are shown to consist of the evocatio, epica laus, and preces are treated in detail in three separate sections. Particular attention is given to the portrayal of musical performance in the Homeric Hymns and it is argued that the Hymns serve as poetic contracts between gods and mortals. Attention is throughout given to the performance context of the Hymns in ancient Greece.

Keywords: music; performance context; religion; enunciation; structure; evocation; prayer

Chapter.  10540 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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