Homeric Hymns and Greek Mythology
This paper reviews and analyzes various works of Homeric hymns while focusing on their shared literary themes of heroism, trickery and strength.
# 68903 | 1,225 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Sep 19, 2006 in History (Greek and Roman) , Literature (Greek and Roman) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)
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This paper defines Homeric hymns as works of literature and poetry which tend to be based on human heroic myths, similar to the writings of Homer in such works as "The Iliad" and "Odyssey." This paper delves into various Homeric hymns which revolve around Greek history, mythology and Gods including Apollo and Hermes. The writer contends that the works of writing discussed in this paper not only focus on the characteristics of the figures mentioned but also on their shared themes of heroism, trickery and strength. This paper also presents the views and opinions of several experts in the field of Greek mythology and literature which are relevant to this particular topic.
From the Paper:"Robin Mitchell Boyask, however, stresses that Homeric hymns tend to be patterned on human hero myths such as the Homeric "Iliad" and "Odyssey." The Hesiod use of divine myths helped prepare the original auditors for what to look for in a hero, both when apprehending the greatest Greek author of all, that of Homer, who authored the primary texts of every ancient Greek boy's education, as well as how to be heroic in one's own life. To be heroic, one could not be pure like Apollo alone--one had to be strong like the god of the sun, but also be aware of trickery, and use trickery like Hermes. If Apollo was unaware of trickery and unable to do battle with it, he would have lost his cattle and his superior power to his younger brother."
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