The Homeric Hymns as poetic offerings: musical and ritual relationships with the gods

TitleThe Homeric Hymns as poetic offerings: musical and ritual relationships with the gods
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsCalame, C
EditorFaulkner, A
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013)
Book TitleThe Homeric Hymns: interpretative essays
Pagination334-357
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
ISBN9780199589036
Abstract

This chapter considers, from the point of view of enunciative modes, the nature of the Homeric Hymns as musical offerings to the divinities which they celebrate. The formal constituents of the Hymns, which are shown to consist of the evocatio, epica laus, and preces are treated in detail in three separate sections. Particular attention is given to the portrayal of musical performance in the Homeric Hymns and it is argued that the Hymns serve as poetic contracts between gods and mortals. Attention is throughout given to the performance context of the Hymns in ancient Greece. [http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589036.001.0001/acprof-9780199589036-chapter-14]

DOI10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589036.003.0014