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By Susan A. Stephens

Callimachus was once arguably an important poet of the Hellenistic age, for 2 purposes: his engagement with prior theorists of poetry and his wide-ranging poetic experimentation. Of his poetic oeuvre, which handed what now we have of Theocritus, Aratus, Posidippus, and Apollonius mixed, in basic terms his six hymns and round fifty of his epigrams have survived intact. His tremendously influential Aetia, the gathering of Iambi, the Hecale, and all of his prose output were diminished to a handful of citations in later Greek lexica and handbooks or papyrus fragments. in recent times very good commentaries and artificial reviews of the Aetia, the Iambi, and the Hecale have seemed or are approximately to seem. yet there's no smooth learn in English of the gathering of hymns. And whereas there are very good commentaries in English on 3 of the hymns (Apollo, Athena, Demeter), the commentaries on Zeus and on Delos are constrained in scope, and there's no remark in any respect at the Artemis hymn. artificial experiences in English for the main half deal with just one hymn, no longer the gathering, and have a tendency to target Callimachus' intertextual relationships along with his predecessors and/or his impression on Roman poetry. but contemporary paintings is requiring students to develop their point of view and to think about Callimachus' non secular, civic, and geo-political contexts even more systematically in trying to comprehend the hymns. one more incentive is that other than the Homeric and Orphic hymns, Callimachus' are the one different hymns that experience survived intact; these written in past classes are actually decreased to fragments. For those purposes a learn of the six hymns jointly is a desideratum. an extra cause is that Callimachus' selection of six hymns is particularly prone to were an authorially prepared poetry e-book, fairly almost certainly the earliest such e-book that we have got intact; consequently, it permits a special viewpoint at the evolution of the form.

This quantity deals a textual content and remark of all six hymns for complex scholars of classics and classical students, in addition to interpretive essays on each one hymn that combine what has been the dominant paradigm-intertextuality-into a broader concentrate on Callimachus' context. Her creation treats the transmission of the hymns, the potential of and chance of the Homeric hymns as versions, the hymns as a poetry e-book, their language and meter (especially in gentle of contemporary paintings performed in this topic), functionality practices, and their courting to cult, courtroom, neighborhood geographies, and panhellenic sanctuaries. for every hymn Stephens offers the Greek textual content, a translation, and a short remark containing very important info or parallels for interpretation.

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