Visualizing Divinity: The Reception of the Homeric Hymns in Greek Vase Painting

TitleVisualizing Divinity: The Reception of the Homeric Hymns in Greek Vase Painting
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsClay, JS
EditorFaulkner, A, Vergados, A, Schwab, A
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013)
Book TitleThe Reception of the Homeric Hymns
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN9780198728788 (print)

After dealing with some theoretical issues involving the relation between art and text and a lekythos that appears to quote from the Hymn to Hermes, I examine some Attic vases that share themes with the Homeric Hymns, including the Exekias kylix of Dionysus and the dolphins and the name vase of the Persephone Painter, and analyse their visual strategies in relation to the hymnic narratives. I then focus on various depictions of Hermes and the stolen cattle, some of which have implications for the dating of the Hymn, before ending with the playful visual jokes on two cups attributed to the Brygos Painter that oblige the viewer to search for Apollo’s stolen cattle and the thief. []


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