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Philosophy Ancient & Classical

The Reception of the Homeric Hymns

edited by Andrew Faulkner, Athanassios Vergados & Andreas Schwab

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2016
Ancient & Classical
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The Reception of the Homeric Hymns is a collection of original essays exploring the reception of the Homeric Hymns and other early hexameter poems in the literature and scholarship of the first century BC and beyond.

Although much work has been done on the Hymns over the past few decades, and despite their importance within the Western literary tradition, their influence on authors after the fourth century BC has so far received relatively little attention and there remains much to explore, particularly in the area of their reception in later Greco-Roman literature and art. This volume aims to address this gap in scholarship by discussing a variety of Latin and Greek texts and authors across the late Hellenistic, Imperial, and Late Antique periods, including studies of major Latin authors, such as Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, and Byzantine authors writing in classicizing verse.

While much of the book deals with classical reception of the Hymns, including looking beyond the textual realm to their influence on art, the editors and contributors have extended its scope to include discussion of Italian literature of the fifteenth century, German scholarship of the nineteenth century, and the English Romantic poets, demonstrating the enduring legacy of the Homeric Hymns in the literary world.

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Contributor Notes

Andrew Faulkner is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Athanassios Vergados is Professor of Classics at Heidelberg University. Andreas Schwab is Assistant Professor of Classics at Heidelberg University.

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