Homeric Hymns (Paperback)

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Homeric Hymns (Paperback)

By Homer, Jules Cashford (Translated by), Nicholas Richardson (Introduction by), Nicholas Richardson (Notes by)


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Composed for recitation at festivals, these 33 songs were written in honour of the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greek pantheon. They recount the key episodes in the lives of the gods, and dramatise the moments when they first appear before mortals. Together they offer the most vivid picture we have of the Greek view of the relationship between the divine and human worlds.

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Originally attributed to Homer because of their style and quality, the hymns are now thought to have been written by of a number of different poets of the 7th and 6th centuries BC.

Jules Cashford is a writer and lecturer on Mythology. She is the author of The Myth of the Goddess (Arkana, 1991) & The Myth of the Moon (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, forthcoming.

Dr Nicholas Richardson is a Fellow in English at Merton College, Oxford

Product Details ISBN: 9780140437829
ISBN-10: 0140437827
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: October 28th, 2003
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics
"The purest expression of ancient Greek religion we possess. Jules Cashford is attuned to the poetry of the Hymns." (Nigel Spivey, Cambridge University)