The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter": Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays [NOOK Book]

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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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Meet the Author

Helene P. Foley is Olin Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is author of "Ritual Irony: Poetry and Sacrifice in Euripides", coauthor of "Women in the" "Classical World: Image and Text", and editor of "Reflections of Women in Antiquity".
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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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