The Homeric Hymns
translated by Kelk, Christopher (contributor-contact-email),
The Homeric Hymns consist of thirty-three anonymous ancient Greek poems celebrating individual gods, executed in dactylic hexameter—the same epic meter used in the Iliad and Odyssey. While their authorship was historically attributed to figures like Homer, they are now considered largely anonymous. Originating mainly between the 7th and 6th centuries B.C., some shorter hymns are Hellenistic, and the Hymn to Ares is probably Roman in origin. The briefest among these serve as introductory pieces for extended festival readings of epics, while the four lengthiest constitute stand-alone epic narratives. The term “Homeric” reflects their stylistic affinity to the works traditionally attributed to Homer rather than actual authorship.
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