The Homeric Hymns, Cornutus, and the Mythographical Stream

TitleThe Homeric Hymns, Cornutus, and the Mythographical Stream
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsTorres, JB
EditorVergados, A, Schwab, A, Faulkner, A
Ancient AuthorsApollodorus Gramm. (TLG 0549), Lucius Annaeus Cornutus Phil. (TLG 0654), Hymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013)
Book TitleThe Reception of the Homeric Hymns
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN9780198728788 (print)

This study deals with the possibility that Lucius Annaeus Cornutus may have known and alluded to some major Homeric Hymns (Hymn to Demeter, Hymn to Hermes, and the fragmentary Hymn to Dionysus) in his allegorical Compendium of the Theological Traditions of the Greeks. This possibility is analysed through a close reading of the texts. It is also considered whether Cornutus’ knowledge of the Homeric Hymns derives from his direct reading of a corpus or if we should assume his knowledge of the Hymns was gained through an intermediary. Although it is not easy to find a definitive answer for this question, it must be taken into account that Cornutus’ explanations of theonyms and divine epithets bear the etymological mark of the grammarian Apollodorus of Athens and his fragmentary On the Gods: what the former may have added would be then the allegorical interpretation. []


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