The figure of Echo in the Homeric Hymn to Pan

TitleThe figure of Echo in the Homeric Hymn to Pan
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsGermany, R
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013), Homerus Epic. (TLG 0012)
JournalAmerican Journal of Philology

This paper presents a literary reading of the "Homeric Hymn to Pan", tracing the effects of phonetic, verbal, and thematic repetitions throughout the hymn and especially surrounding the appearance of Echo in line 21. A close reading of the structures generated by these repetitions reveals a complex superimposition of structural schemata, and a psychoanalytic reader-response analysis relates our deferred expectation for closure to Pan's disappointed desire for Echo in the erotic myth. The nightingale simile, in its allusion to the "Odyssey", enacts another kind of echo and illustrates the self-conscious intertextuality of the archaic Greek poetics of variation. []


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