Lies, Lyres, and Laughter: Surplus Potential in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes

TitleLies, Lyres, and Laughter: Surplus Potential in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBungard, C
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013)
JournalArethusa
Volume44
Issue2
Pagination143-165
Abstract

This paper seeks to reevaluate scholarly responses to the laughter in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes. Using Zupančič's recent work on comedy, I argue that Hermes intentionally exploits surplus potentials that emerge from splits in the perceived unity and completeness of Zeus's cosmos. Th