The Homeric Hymns / Edition 2

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A rich source for students of Greek mythology and literature, the Homeric hymns are also fine poetry. Attributed by the ancients to Homer, these prooimia, or preludes, were actually composed over centuries and used by poets to prepare for the singing or recitation of longer portions of the Homeric epics. In his acclaimed translations of the hymns, Apostolos Athanassakis preserves the essential simplicity of the original Greek, offering a straightforward, line-by-line translation that makes no attempts to masquerade or modernize. For this long-awaited new edition, Athanassakis enhances his classic work with a comprehensive index, careful and selective changes in the translations themselves, and numerous additions to the notes which will enrich the reader's experience of these ancient and influential poems.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Parnassus: Poetry in Review

More than any other translation, this one makes these ancient poems seem familiar without eroding our sense of them as profoundly archaic and foreign.

Classical Outlook

The translations present clear, smooth, and occasionally stately narrative. The translator displays a knack for selecting colorful and appropriate English words to match the Greek.

Parnassus: Poetry in Review
More than any other translation, this one makes these ancient poems seem familiar without eroding our sense of them as profoundly archaic and foreign.
Joseph Russo

There exists no modern, readable translation done with scholarly notes to help the reader see all the historical, religious, cultic, and cultural significance of the hymns for ancient Greece. The author succeeds admirably in reaching this goal.

Queen's Quarterly - Mark W. Edwards

Professor Athanassakis' new translation of the Hymns is very welcome. It is clearly intended for the use of students in courses in Greek mythology and religion, and includes a short but useful general introduction and separate notes to each Hymn... Athanassakis' translation is acceptable, and his commentary is very useful for its sound traditional scholarship and acquaintance with modern Greek folklore which he alone can contribute.

From the Publisher
"The purest expression of ancient Greek religion we possess. Jules Cashford is attuned to the poetry of the Hymns." (Nigel Spivey, Cambridge University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801879838
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 106
  • Sales rank: 414,283
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Apostolos N. Athanassakis holds the James and Sarah Argyropoulos Chair in Hellenic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his many translations is Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days, Shield, also available from Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Fragments of the hymn to Dionysos 1
2 To Demeter 1
3 To Apollon 14
4 To Hermes 28
5 To Aphrodite 42
6 To Aphrodite 50
7 To Dionysos 50
8 To Ares 52
9 To Artemis 52
10 To Aphrodite 53
11 To Athena 53
12 To Hera 53
13 To Demeter 53
14 To the mother of the Gods 54
15 To lion-hearted Herakles 54
16 To Asklepios 54
17 To the Dioskouroi 54
18 To Hermes 55
19 To Pan 55
20 To Hephaistos 56
21 To Apollon 57
22 To Poseidon 57
23 To Zeus 57
24 To Hestia 57
25 To the muses and Apollon 57
26 To Dionysos 58
27 To Artemis 58
28 To Athena 59
29 To Hestia 59
30 To Earth, mother of all 60
31 To Helios 60
32 To Selene 61
33 To the Dioskouroi 62
To guest-friends 62
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  • Posted September 25, 2014

    This translation is done with a full regard to the rhythms of th

    This translation is done with a full regard to the rhythms of the language!

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