The Homeric Hymns (3rd Edition)

December 3, 2020
The Homeric Hymns (3rd Edition)

A rich source for students of Greek mythology and literature,the Homeric Hymns are also fine poetry. Attributed by the ancientsto Homer, these prooimia, or preludes, were actuallycomposed by various poets over centuries. They were performed atreligious festivals as entertainment meant to stir up enthusiasmfor far more ambitious compositions that followed them, namely theIliad and Odyssey. Each of the thirty-three poemsis written in honor of a Greek god or goddess. Together, the hymnsprovide a fascinating view into the ancients' view of deities.In this long-awaited third edition of his acclaimed translationsof the hymns, Apostolos Athanassakis preserves the vigor and themagic of the ancient text while modernizing traditional renditionsof certain epithets and formulaic phrases. He avoids lengthening ortruncating lines, thereby crafting a symmetrical text, and makes aneffort to keep to an iambic flow without sacrificing accuracy.Athanassakis enhances his classic work with a new index of namesand topics, updated bibliography, revised genealogical charts, andcareful and selective changes in the translations themselves. Anexpanded introduction addresses ancient reception of the hymns.Numerous additions to the notes, reflecting over twenty-five yearsof scholarship, draw on modern anthropological and archaeologicalresearch to explore prominent themes and religious syncretismwithin the poems. These materials all enrich the reader'sexperience of these ancient and influential poems.A perennial classroom favorite, The Homeric Hymnsembodies thrilling new visions of antiquity.