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Homeric Hymns (Focus Classical Library) [Paperback]

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Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company
ISBN  1585100196  
EAN  9781585100194  

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English translation of all the hymns, with introduction, notes, maps, illustration, notes, maps, illustrations, suggested readings.

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More About Susan C. Shelmerdine

Homer In the Western classical tradition, Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.

When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BC, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BC. Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC.

The formative influence of the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was described as the teacher of Greece. Homer's works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds. Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds.

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Great Product, Prompt Delivery  Mar 27, 2007
The book was in perfect condition and arrived before I knew it! I needed it for a class so it was good to get it quickly!
There are much better translations out there!  Aug 6, 2003
You really should consider other options than this particular translation. The only buyers of this book are the students she requires to buy it. Just something to put on a CV and claim sales that she generated by requiring everyone teaching a mythology course in her department (she is the department head) to put her book on the required reading lists. You're not missing anything at all by saving yourself some money and fine a free copy of the work. After all, it's a few thousand years old and I doubt homer is losing his cut of the proceeds.
A divine Homeric Hymns  Feb 14, 2003
In ancient Greece, a hymn was a song of praise to a god--but it could also tell a rousing story, like the infant Hermes stealing his brother Apollo's cattle, or Aphrodite seducing the Trojan prince Anchises on Mt. Ida.

Professor Susan Shelmerdine's translation of the Homeric Hymns is an ideal introduction to these 33 hymns dedicated to the various Olympian gods. In clear, lively prose, she explains the hymns' literary tradition, myth sources, and forms. In easy-to-access on-the-page footnotes, she explains the relevant background that makes the hymns clear and easy to understand. But what makes her translation first-rate is that the poems are written in a clear, engaging voice that is both true to ancient Greek stylistics and yet sounds as contemporary as today. For example, this description of the abduction of Persephone by Hades:

"But the wide-pathed ground gaped open
along the Plain of Nysa, where the lord who receives many [Hades} sprang out
with his immortal horses, the son of Kronos, worshipped under many names.
He seized her against her will and on his golden chariot
carried her off wailing. And she cried aloud with a shrill voice,
But no one either of the gods or mortal men
heard her cry, not even the olives with their splendid fruit."

In addition, the book provides pictures of the gods taken from ancient Greek art, genealogy charts, and relevant maps. If you are taking a mythology class or just want an authentic introduction to stories of the ancient Greek gods, Susan Shelmerdine's Homeric Hymns is an excellent place to start.


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