Presentation on theme: "Homeric Hymn to Hermes. Homeric Hymns ? Dactylic Hexameter Homer & Hesiod Part of Epic Tradition because of metre and delight in narrative Homeric Hymns."— Presentation transcript:
Homeric Hymns ? Dactylic Hexameter Homer & Hesiod Part of Epic Tradition because of metre and delight in narrative Homeric Hymns stylistically closer to Hesiod. Sub-epic language - derivative
Preludes 29 short Hymns 3-50 lines mostly later, C4th on brief eulogies addressed to some god/goddess with little or no narrative. preludes to longer epic recitation? Iliad/Odyssey?
4 Long Hymns 300-600 ls. Demeter, Apollo, Hermes, Aphrodite c. 650-400 b.c. Long Hymns to stand by themselves in recitation? Long Hymns leisurely narration of central episode in deity's mythical biography (Demeter, Aphrodite, Hermes) broader coverage of deity's main aspects (Apollo)
God of Boundaries Phallic God of fertility & good fortune Herma, hermai Road & Boundary Markers Apotropaic function Alcibiades & Sicilian Expedition (415 b.c.)
Apollo & Prophecy Augury of Birds, Sneezes & Farts!
Hermes & Prophecy Maiden Trinity Melissae - “honey-priestesses” Thriai? Divination by pebbles
Hermes the Carnivore? "Then glorious Hermes craved for the sacred meat because the sweet savor weakened his resolve, immortal though he was. But not even so was his manly soul prevailed upon, although his holy gullet greatly hankered for the meat."
Hesiodic Explanation Hermes claiming place as 1 of 12 major Olympian gods must abide by their rules. Mekone: mortals send smoke of burnt offerings to gods. Eats meat ---- not 1 of 12
Hermes in Tartarus Baby King of Baby Dead! Frozen at Stage or Condition when Death or Tartarus takes you