The Homeric Hymns as genre

TitleThe Homeric Hymns as genre
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsClay, JS
EditorFaulkner, A
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013), Hesiodus Epic. (TLG 0020), Homerus Epic. (TLG 0012)
Book TitleThe Homeric Hymns: interpretative essays
Pagination232-252
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
ISBN9780199589036
Abstract

This chapter offers a reading of the Homeric Hymns as a genre distinct from the theogonic poetry of Hesiod and the Homeric epics the Iliad and Odyssey. It is argued that the Hymns are unified by their treatment of formative events that are epoch‐making moments in the Olympian order, such as the introduction of a god through birth. Consideration is also given to the performance context of the Hymns, and it is suggested that the longer Hymns developed originally as independent, Panhellenic compositions, not tied to any loca