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The Homeric Hymns epub

by Professor Apostolos N. Athanassakis


The Homeric Hymns epub

ISBN: 0801817919

ISBN13: 978-0801817915

Author: Professor Apostolos N. Athanassakis

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: History & Criticism

Language: English

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (September 1, 1976)

Pages: 128 pages

ePUB book: 1952 kb

FB2 book: 1174 kb

Rating: 4.3

Votes: 999

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A rich source for students of Greek mythology and literature, the Homeric hymns are also fine poetry. Attributed by the ancients to Homer, these prooimia, or preludes, were actually composed over centuries and used by poets to prepare for the singing or recitation of longer portions of the Homeric epics. In his acclaimed translations of the hymns, Apostolos Athanassakis preserves the essential simplicity of the original Greek, offering a straightforward, line-by-line translation that makes no attempts to masquerade or modernize. For this long-awaited new edition, Athanassakis enhances his classic work with a comprehensive index, careful and selective changes in the translations themselves, and numerous additions to the notes which will enrich the reader's experience of these ancient and influential poems.

It's really hard to find a good translation of classical works. We mustn't forget that most of these literary works had been translated in the mid to late 1800's and the use of language is not always the best.

I enjoy reading and referring to this book for two reasons:

-it was translated by Mr. Athanassakis, a Greek-American professor, who understands the text in its original format and can produce a sound translation into English without losing the meaning and without employing personal "stylisic contortions" of the text;

-the book contains notes relating to each passage, which helps students of classical works identify the Greek religion, mythology and cultural history; it makes references to specific titles like the Theogony, Odyssey, Iliad, Orphic Hymns, Herodotos, Euripides; also translates Roman-Latin words found in corresponding texts of the same passage.

If you are looking for an "unadulterated" text of the Homeric Hymns, this is book you need for your library! I'm surprised it's not being used in schools...
Again the translations are sheer poetry that glides as you read. The introduction and copious notes to this and the Orphic hymns gives one a useful insight into the belief systems of Ancient Greeks. To the alert reader its influence on current religions cannot be ignored.
Arrived as expected, just in time for class with no damage.
I bought this just out of casual interest in the subject, and I am very happy with it =). It was very interesting for me, even though I have a limited knowledge on the subject (I'm not claiming to be an expert at all). I can't say anything for those wishing to study it seriously because, like I said, I'm no expert. However, I do recommend it at least to all other casual or slightly interested readers as it's not boring at all (or at least it wasn't for me =)P ). Overall a very good purchase!
Another masterpiece from the author. Just as with his other books, the running commentary is as helpful as the translation is fluid.
Used it for my greek Mythology class. Small and easy to carry book with easy to read print.
I read this book over and over and each time I read it (The Homeric Hymns by Homer, Apostolos N. Athanassakis) its soothes me. I highly recommend this book. Don't hesitate, buy it now.
Pretty good - rather dense, though.