Idyll 7 and the Hymn to Hermes

TitleIdyll 7 and the Hymn to Hermes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRudoni, ER
Ancient AuthorsTheocritus Bucol. (TLG 0005), Hymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013)
JournalCambridge Classical Journal

Simichidas' self-presentation as a poet at Theocritus 7.37 is modelled on Apollo's self-presentation as a musician at Homeric Hymn to Hermes 450. Through this allusion, in his own Dichterweihe as a bucolic poet Simichidas hints at the invention of the bucolic genre by Hermes. The reference is crafted so as to point self-reflexively to its status as reference; in particular, the expression καὶ γὰρ ἐγώ (‘I too’) of line 37 functions as an intertextual signpost. If Simichidas is a literary projection of Theocritus, the allusion has important implications for our understanding of his self-positioning within the poetical tradition. []


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