A Commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes: Introduction, Text and Commentary (Texte und Kommentare, Band 41)
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Aims and Scope
The Hymn to Hermes, while surely the most amusing of the so-called Homeric Hymns, also presents an array of challenging problems. In just 580 lines, the newborn god invents the lyre and sings a hymn to himself, travels from Cyllene to Pieria to steal Apollo’s cattle, organizes a feast at the river Alpheios where he serves the meat of two of the stolen animals, cunningly defends his innocence, and is finally reconciled to Apollo, to whom he gives the lyre in exchange for the cattle. This book provides the first detailed commentary devoted specifically to this unusual poem since Radermacher’s 1931 edition. The commentary pays special attention to linguistic, philological, and interpretive matters. It is preceded by a detailed introduction that addresses the Hymn’s ideas on poetry and music, the poem’s humour, the Hymn’s relation to other archaic hexameter literature both in thematic and technical aspects, the poem’s reception in later literature, its structure, the issue of its date and place of composition, and the question of its transmission. The critical text, based on F. Càssola’s edition, is equipped with an apparatus of formulaic parallels in archaic hexameter poetry as well as possible verbal echoes in later literature.
Athanassios Vergados, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, andNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
xiv, 718 pages
Language: English, Ancient Greek
Type of Publication: Commentary
Keywords: Homeric Hymns; Hermes; Poetry; Greek; Religion
artificial, coined in opposition to the negative or defensive allegoresis. West and Struck independently supplied [ κ π] at line 4; see Struck (2004, 31–33). The text of the papyrus is cited from Kouremenos-Parássoglou-Tsantsanoglou (2006). 22 Introduction The Homeric Hymn to Hermes seems at times to hint at such an understanding of the verbal art. By that I do not intend that we are supposed to read the Hymn allegorically, as has been done in the past,57 but that there is a certain affinity
will have to assume that h.Herm. was not the only source. The first part concludes with an attempt to show the possible relations between the various versions of Hermes’ story by means of a stemma. The second part presents some verbal echoes of the Hymn in later literature, which contribute to our knowledge of the poem’s Nachleben. 5.1 References to the Story of the Homeric Hymn to Hermes in Other Authors1 5.1.1 It is known that Alcaeus had composed a Hymn to Hermes (= 308b + S 264 SLG). Of this
obviously of limited value. Eratosthenes differs from the tradition in at least one point: Hermes attaches eight instead of seven strings to his lyre (cf. frr. 13 and 15). The Cyrenean may have made Hermes lead the cattle on a journey similar to that in h.Herm., as fr. 11 mentions a spring in Boeotia close to Mt. Cithaeron ( « φ «), which may be a cryptic reference to Hermes’ stop in Boeotia. Fr. 9 ( « φ , ‘a deep glen intervenes’) may have been another reference to Hermes’ journey as he was
divine child, should not come as a surprise. Even though Callimachus did not compose a hymn in his honour, Hermes is nevertheless obliquely present in the Hymns collection, which perhaps suits his divine persona and Callimachus’ allusive technique better.79 5.2.14 Call. Jov. 68 # μ # $ (‘you appointed as your messenger the bird that is by far the most excellent’) …|…$ $ . ~ h.Herm. 295–96 5.2.15 Call. Jov. 87–88: « « 9α | « , # σ 9 (‘That one [sc. Ptolemy] truly accomplishes in the evening what
Od. 7.19* ( ) : 9 ( ) Il. 2.788* et al. : ’ 9 9 ( ) Od. 18.239* et al. etc. Il. 16.151* et al. : ( ) Il. 2.92* et al. : Il. 18.290* et al. : cf. Od. 24.416 ( ), Od. 22.204 et al. etc. : v Il. 10.467* et al. : (etc.) cc h.Herm. 232* : cf. Il. 14.347 ( ) 28 Il. 15.570* et al. : λ cf. [Hes.] fr. 315.1 : « Il. v h.Herm. 145* 20.72* ( « «E «) : μ« ’ « cc 29 cf. Od. 22.207 κ ’ [sc. Athena] #O « Ω λ : Od. 18.163* et al. : Il. 12.69* et al. : Il. 1.25* et al. : etc. Il. 1.552 et al. 30 h.Herm. 257* : Il.