The Homeric Hymns by Peter McDonald PDF

By Peter McDonald

The Homeric Hymns are a very important paintings within the Western literary canon, and Peter McDonald’s new verse translations supply the main sleek account of this nonetheless under-appreciated physique of old poetry. The thirty-three ‘hymns’ are poetic bills of historic Greek gods, together with Apollo, Dionysus, Aphrodite, Zeus, and Poseidon. a few of the poems are micro-epics of their personal correct, recounting the lives and affairs of the divine; taken jointly, they shape a meditation at the primal subject matters of ?love, struggle, betrayal, hope, and paternity, and give some thought to the harmful proximity of gods and males. The booklet features a new translation of the ‘Life of Homer’, a story incorporating the shorter poems often called Homer’s Epigrams, attributed to Pseudo-Herodotus. appendices offer verse translations of episodes from Homer’s Odyssey and Hesiod’s Theogony, whereas McDonald provides clean models all through of appropriate passages from Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and different Greek poets. The accompanying notes and commentaries at the poems are the main beneficiant and authoritative of any translation. This booklet revives an historic vintage for the twenty-first century.

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