New PDF release: Callimachus: The Hymns

By Susan A. Stephens

ISBN-10: 0199783047

ISBN-13: 9780199783045

ISBN-10: 0199783071

ISBN-13: 9780199783076

Callimachus used to be arguably an important poet of the Hellenistic age, for 2 purposes: his engagement with past theorists of poetry and his wide-ranging poetic experimentation. Of his poetic oeuvre, which passed what now we have of Theocritus, Aratus, Posidippus, and Apollonius mixed, purely his six hymns and round fifty of his epigrams have survived intact. His greatly influential Aetia, the gathering of Iambi, the Hecale, and all of his prose output were lowered to a handful of citations in later Greek lexica and handbooks or papyrus fragments. in recent times very good commentaries and artificial stories of the Aetia, the Iambi, and the Hecale have seemed or are approximately to seem. yet there isn't any smooth research in English of the gathering of hymns. And whereas there are first-class commentaries in English on 3 of the hymns (Apollo, Athena, Demeter), the commentaries on Zeus and on Delos are restricted in scope, and there's no statement in any respect at the Artemis hymn. artificial reviews in English for the main half deal with just one hymn, no longer the gathering, and have a tendency to target Callimachus' intertextual relationships together with his predecessors and/or his impact on Roman poetry. but fresh paintings is requiring students to expand their standpoint and to think about Callimachus' spiritual, civic, and geo-political contexts even more systematically in trying to comprehend the hymns. one more incentive is that other than the Homeric and Orphic hymns, Callimachus' are the single different hymns that experience survived intact; these written in prior sessions at the moment are lowered to fragments. For those purposes a learn of the six hymns jointly is a desideratum. an extra cause is that Callimachus' choice of six hymns is particularly more likely to were an authorially prepared poetry booklet, particularly almost certainly the earliest such ebook that we've got intact; as a result, it permits a different standpoint at the evolution of the form.

This quantity bargains a textual content and statement of all six hymns for complex scholars of classics and classical students, in addition to interpretive essays on each one hymn that combine what has been the dominant paradigm-intertextuality-into a broader specialise in Callimachus' context. Her advent treats the transmission of the hymns, the possibility of and chance of the Homeric hymns as types, the hymns as a poetry publication, their language and meter (especially in gentle of modern paintings performed in this topic), functionality practices, and their dating to cult, court docket, neighborhood geographies, and panhellenic sanctuaries. for every hymn Stephens provides the Greek textual content, a translation, and a short observation containing very important info or parallels for interpretation.

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