Callimachus used to be arguably crucial poet of the Hellenistic age, for 2 purposes: his engagement with prior theorists of poetry and his wide-ranging poetic experimentation. Of his poetic oeuvre, which handed what we've got of Theocritus, Aratus, Posidippus, and Apollonius mixed, basically his six hymns and round fifty of his epigrams have survived intact. His drastically influential Aetia, the gathering of Iambi, the Hecale, and all of his prose output were decreased to a handful of citations in later Greek lexica and handbooks or papyrus fragments. in recent times very good commentaries and artificial stories of the Aetia, the Iambi, and the Hecale have seemed or are approximately to seem. yet there is not any glossy learn in English of the gathering of hymns. And whereas there are very good commentaries in English on 3 of the hymns (Apollo, Athena, Demeter), the commentaries on Zeus and on Delos are restricted in scope, and there's no remark in any respect at the Artemis hymn. artificial reviews in English for the main half deal with just one hymn, now not the gathering, and have a tendency to target Callimachus' intertextual relationships together with his predecessors and/or his impression on Roman poetry. but contemporary paintings is requiring students to develop their viewpoint and to contemplate Callimachus' spiritual, civic, and geo-political contexts even more systematically in trying to comprehend the hymns. another incentive is that other than the Homeric and Orphic hymns, Callimachus' are the single different hymns that experience survived intact; these written in prior sessions at the moment are diminished to fragments. For those purposes a examine of the six hymns jointly is a desideratum. an extra cause is that Callimachus' choice of six hymns is particularly prone to were an authorially prepared poetry publication, particularly potentially the earliest such ebook that we've got intact; for this reason, it permits a special standpoint at the evolution of the form.
This quantity bargains a textual content and remark of all six hymns for complex scholars of classics and classical students, in addition to interpretive essays on every one hymn that combine what has been the dominant paradigm-intertextuality-into a broader specialise in Callimachus' context. Her advent treats the transmission of the hymns, the opportunity of and probability of the Homeric hymns as versions, the hymns as a poetry ebook, their language and meter (especially in mild of modern paintings performed in this topic), functionality practices, and their courting to cult, court docket, neighborhood geographies, and panhellenic sanctuaries. for every hymn Stephens provides the Greek textual content, a translation, and a short remark containing vital details or parallels for interpretation.
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A hireling will be tired of the welfare of the oxen, consequently may overwork them. 177. γυιαί “limbs,” with a play on γύαι. κεκμηυῖαι: excellent energetic participle from κάμνω, “wearied from hard work. ” 178. κόπρον “dung,” “dunghill,” utilized in Homer for a livestock byre. προγένοιντο “come into sight”; a hapax in Homer, Il. 18. 525–26, the place farm animals are defined at the defend of Achilles: οἳ δὲ τάχα προγένοντο, δύω δ’ ἅμ’ ἕποντο νομῆες | τερπόμενοι σύριγξι (“they quickly got here into sight, and herdsmen undefined, taking part in upon syrinxes”). If the passage is a recusatio, the guard offers Hymn to Artemis: observation to strains 179–186 one hundred forty five a substitute for epic, simply because on it are chanced on singers appearing in smaller, nonheroic venues. Στυμφαιίδες: Stymphaeum (or Tymphaeum) was once a zone of Epirus the place a few battles among the Diadochs came about. (Plut. Pyrrh. 6; D. S. 20. 28. 1). in accordance with the scholiast, it used to be recognized for the standard of its farm animals (cf. Arist. HA 522b14–25). 179. εἰναετιζόμεναι: the verb doesn't ensue in other places, however the parallel shape πενταετίζομαι, “to be 5 years old,” happens in IG xiv. 1971. Hesiod recommends nine-year-old oxen because the most sensible (Op. 436). κεραελκέες “drawing through their horns,” first in Callimachus, imitated through Nonnus. one hundred eighty. ὦλκα: two times in Homer (see above 175n): “furrow,” simply in accusative singular (as the following) or plural. 180–82. The be aware order is rare, yet conscientiously balanced: ἐπεὶ θεὸς οὔποτ᾽ἐκεῖνον (sc. καλὸν χορόν) is restated in Ἠέλιος καλὸν χορόν, with the verb among. The impression is to prevent Helios as he passes via, because the subsequent strains nation (δίφρον ἐπιστήσας); the spondaic finishing to the hexameter (μηκύνονται) additionally slows down the time. 181. ἦλθε παρ(ά): surprisingly with the preverb in tmesis following. 183–85. After this transition, Callimachus starts off back in right hymnic style by way of asking a sequence of inquiries to determine how he may still compliment Artemis: what islands, mountain, harbor, urban, what distinct nymph, heroines? notice the difference and stability of the strains: τίς δέ νύ τοι νήσων, ποῖον δ᾽ ὄροςâ•›. â•›. â•›. â•›τίς δὲ λιμήν, ποίη δὲ πόλις, τίνα δ’ ἔξοχα νυμφέωνâ•›. â•›. â•›. â•›ποίας ἡρωίδας. 183. εὔαδε: epic aorist of ἁνδάνω, “please. ” Cf. Il. 14. 340 and 17. 647: νύ τοι εὔαδεν. 184–85. τίναâ•›. â•›. â•›. â•›φίλαο: the query is responded while Callimachus repeats the verb in 189. Cf. Od. four. 171–72 (Menelaus approximately Odysseus): καί μιν ἔφην ἐλθόντα φιλησέμεν ἔξοχα πάντων | Ἀργείων (“and I stated that if he again i might cherish him highly past the entire Argives”). 185. φίλαο: epic aorist center of φιλέω. Callimachus makes use of the verb within the hymns basically of goddesses’ favourite nymphs: see 211 for her love of Anticlea and hAth fifty eight for Athena’s love for the nymph Chariclo. On Artemis’ “homophilic” courting together with her nymphs, see Calame 1997: 253. ἡρωίδας: from ἡρωίς = ἡρωίνη (also at fr. 602. 1Pf. ). Bornmann argues that those will not be indigenous goddesses like Cyrene and Britomartis, yet in the neighborhood deified ladies of fantasy as in hDelos 161. (At Theoc. thirteen. 20 and 26.