On the Homeric Hymns in Byzantium

TitleOn the Homeric Hymns in Byzantium
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSimelidis, C
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 chapter not only discusses some examples which indicate that the Homeric Hymns were read by the Byzantines but also points out the difficulties involved in identifying secure allusions to or echoes of the Homeric Hymns. It also presents the life and writings of John Eugenikos, an active churchman and writer in the first half of the fifteenth century and the scribe of Leidensis BPG 33 H (M), the most celebrated manuscript of the Homeric Hymns and the only one which groups the Hymns with the Iliad (and not with a hymnic corpus). It argues that Eugenikos copied the Homeric Hymns because of a personal interest and their presence in M should not have been taken as an indication for the transmission of the Hymns as part of a Homer edition. [http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.001.0001/acprof-9780198728788-chapter-13]


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