The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter": Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays / Edition 1 by Helene P. Foley | 9780691014791 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
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The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter": Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays / Edition 1

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by Helene P. Foley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691014795

ISBN-13: 9780691014791

Pub. Date: 11/29/1993

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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 that 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691014791
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/29/1993
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,007,222
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Pt. 1The Text and Translation, Commentary, and Background1
Text and Translation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter2
Commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Demeter28
Background: The Eleusinian Mysteries and Women's Rites for Demeter65
Pt. 2Interpretive Essay on the Homeric Hymn to Demeter77
Interpreting the Hymn to Demeter83
The "Theology" Of the Mysteries84
Variants of the Myth and the Importance of the Version in the Hymn to Demeter97
Female Experience in the Hymn to Demeter103
Marriage104
Gender Conflict and the Cosmological Tradition112
The Mother/Daughter Romance118
The Psychology of the Mysteries137
The Hymn to Demeter and the Polis142
Christianity and the Hymn to Demeter150
The Influence of the Hymn to Demeter and Its Myth151
App. Eleusis and Athens169
App. The Hymn to Demeter as a Panhellenic Poem175
Pt. 3Further Interpretation: Contributed Articles179
Withdrawal and Return: An Epic Story Pattern in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and in the Homeric Poems181
Some Functions of the Demophoon Episode in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter190
Concerning the Homeric Hymn to Demeter198
Politics and Pomegranates: An Interpretation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter212
Family Structure and Feminine Personality243
Bibliography267
Index Locorum283
General Index289

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