Homeric and/or Hymns Some Fifteenth-century Approaches

TitleHomeric and/or Hymns Some Fifteenth-century Approaches
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsThomas, O
EditorVergados, A, Schwab, A, Faulkner, A
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013)
Book TitleThe Reception of the Homeric Hymns
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN9780198728788 (print)

This article considers the reception of the Homeric Hymns in fifteenth-century Italy. Most of the extant manuscripts date from this century, and constitute fundamental evidence for the Hymns’ reception, but they have not previously been studied in this light. The article examines in particular how manuscripts promote different reading strategies by framing the Homeric Hymns with other Homerica or with other hymns, and how their marginalia suggest such reading strategies. This is complemented by an analysis of three authors who allude to the Hymns. Michael Marullus intertwines allusions to the Homeric Hymns and to a variety of other pagan Greek hymns. Francesco Filelfo’s allusions to the Hymn to Hermes reflect on the author’s attitude to his own praise-poetry. Ianos Lascaris’ Epigram to Homer keeps the ‘hymnic’ and ‘Homerizing’ approaches in balance. [http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.001.0001/acprof-9780198728788-chapter-15]


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