The Reception of the Homeric Hymns in Aelius Aristides

TitleThe Reception of the Homeric Hymns in Aelius Aristides
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsVergados, A
EditorVergados, A, Schwab, A, Faulkner, A
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013), Aelius Aristides Rhet. (TLG 0284)
Book TitleThe Reception of the Homeric Hymns
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN9780198728788 (print)

This paper explores Aelius Aristides’ engagement with the Homeric Hymns. The possible allusions to the Homeric Hymns in Aristides’ prose Hymns are discussed in the first part, while the second part examines the references to h.Ap. in Aristides’ Or. 28 (περὶ τοῦ παραφθέγματος) and 34 (κατὰ τῶν ἐξορχουμένων), and his use of the term prooimion. It is concluded that (i) Aristides knew the Homeric Hymns, both the longer and some shorter ones; (ii) in some cases his allusions to them take into account the Hymns’ Hellenistic Nachleben; (iii) Aristides might have considered his prose Hymns to have proemial (introductory) function, in analogy to what he thought the meaning and function of the term prooimion was in archaic and Classical times. []


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