The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter": Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays

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The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, composed in the late seventh or early sixth century B.C.E., is a key to understanding the psychological and religious world of ancient Greek women. The poem tells how Hades, lord of the underworld, abducted the goddess Persephone and how her grieving mother, Demeter, the goddess of grain, forced the gods to allow Persephone to return to her for part of each year. Helene Foley presents the Greek text and an annotated translation of this poem, together with selected essays on its ...
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The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, composed in the late seventh or early sixth century B.C.E., is a key to understanding the psychological and religious world of ancient Greek women. The poem tells how Hades, lord of the underworld, abducted the goddess Persephone and how her grieving mother, Demeter, the goddess of grain, forced the gods to allow Persephone to return to her for part of each year. Helene Foley presents the Greek text and an annotated translation of this poem, together with selected essays on its historical context and its religious, literary, social, and psychological meaning.The Hymn reflects both the crisis precipitated when marriage separates mother and daughter as well as the bonds that allow them to survive this transition. Demeter and Persephone, who suffered the pains of mortality, found the Eleusinian Mysteries that offered their male and female initiates a "different lot once dead in the dreary darkness." A version of the same myth formed the basis of exclusively female religious cults. The essays, contributed by Helene Foley, Mary Louise Lord, Jean Rudhardt and Nancy Felson-Rubin, Harriet M. Deal, Marilyn Arthur Katz, and Nancy Chodorow, give the reader a rich understanding of the Hymn's structure and artistry, its role in the religious life of the ancient world, and its meaning for the modern world. The essays study the Hymn in the context of early Greek epic and cosmology, examine its critical attitude to the institution of marriage, and analyze the dynamics of mother-daughter relations in the poem.
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Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews
Foley synthesizes important insights of the articles she reprints and of much other scholarship besides, and builds on them to construct a comprehensive and persuasive reading of her own.
— William G. Thalmann
New England Classical Newsletter and Journal
Foley's book is the first full-length study in English of the Hymn.... It is a welcome and much-needed work.... Foley's analysis of the Hymn is an excellent demonstration of how it can be interpreted in the light of the [Eleusinian] Mysteries.
— Ann C. Suter
The Classical Journal
Foley's attempt to connect the psychological, cosmological, and theological themes in the Hymn is her greatest success.
— Victoria Pedrick
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Foley synthesizes important insights of the articles she reprints and of much other scholarship besides, and builds on them to construct a comprehensive and persuasive reading of her own.
— William G. Thalmann
Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews - William G. Thalmann
Foley synthesizes important insights of the articles she reprints and of much other scholarship besides, and builds on them to construct a comprehensive and persuasive reading of her own.
New England Classical Newsletter and Journal - Ann C. Suter
Foley's book is the first full-length study in English of the Hymn.... It is a welcome and much-needed work.... Foley's analysis of the Hymn is an excellent demonstration of how it can be interpreted in the light of the [Eleusinian] Mysteries.
The Classical Journal - Victoria Pedrick
Foley's attempt to connect the psychological, cosmological, and theological themes in the Hymn is her greatest success.
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"Foley synthesizes important insights of the articles she reprints and of much other scholarship besides, and builds on them to construct a comprehensive and persuasive reading of her own."—William G. Thalmann, Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews

"Foley's book is the first full-length study in English of the Hymn.... It is a welcome and much-needed work.... Foley's analysis of the Hymn is an excellent demonstration of how it can be interpreted in the light of the [Eleusinian] Mysteries."—Ann C. Suter, New England Classical Newsletter and Journal

"Foley's attempt to connect the psychological, cosmological, and theological themes in the Hymn is her greatest success."—Victoria Pedrick, The Classical Journal

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The Text and Translation, Commentary, and Background 1
Text and Translation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter 2
Commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Demeter 28
Background: The Eleusinian Mysteries and Women's Rites for Demeter 65
Pt. 2 Interpretive Essay on the Homeric Hymn to Demeter 77
Interpreting the Hymn to Demeter 83
The "Theology" Of the Mysteries 84
Variants of the Myth and the Importance of the Version in the Hymn to Demeter 97
Female Experience in the Hymn to Demeter 103
Marriage 104
Gender Conflict and the Cosmological Tradition 112
The Mother/Daughter Romance 118
The Psychology of the Mysteries 137
The Hymn to Demeter and the Polis 142
Christianity and the Hymn to Demeter 150
The Influence of the Hymn to Demeter and Its Myth 151
App. Eleusis and Athens 169
App. The Hymn to Demeter as a Panhellenic Poem 175
Pt. 3 Further Interpretation: Contributed Articles 179
Withdrawal and Return: An Epic Story Pattern in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and in the Homeric Poems 181
Some Functions of the Demophoon Episode in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter 190
Concerning the Homeric Hymn to Demeter 198
Politics and Pomegranates: An Interpretation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter 212
Family Structure and Feminine Personality 243
Bibliography 267
Index Locorum 283
General Index 289
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