The Homeric Hymns Turn into Dialogues: Lucian’s Dialogues of the Gods

TitleThe Homeric Hymns Turn into Dialogues: Lucian’s Dialogues of the Gods
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsStrolonga, P
EditorVergados, A, Schwab, A, Faulkner, A
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013), Lucianus Soph. (TLG 0062)
Book TitleThe Reception of the Homeric Hymns
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN9780198728788 (print)

In this paper I investigate the influence of the Homeric Hymns on Lucian’s Dialogues of the Gods with a particular focus on those dialogues which seem to be based on episodes or dialogues in the four longer Homeric Hymns. I argue that Lucian crafts a hybrid genre influenced by the Homeric Hymns and describe the process of his adaptation of original material through the techniques of ‘transposition’ and ‘literalization’. By identifying common themes and stylistic features between the Hymns and the Dialogues I suggest that Lucian parodies not only the gods themselves but also the praise rhetoric that is echoed in the major Homeric Hymns. Besides this obvious case of Gattungsmischung, Lucian’s engagement with the Hymns raises the intriguing question of how he perceived the generic affiliations of these Hymns and how he conveyed the incongruity of their representation of anthropomorphic, flawed gods. []


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