1 its called homeric hymns not because they are by homer but because they are in the same meter that homer used 2 it is a very quick read a couple hours at most 3 the hymn of demeter persephone is the best hermes second and the rest while interesting and sometimes beautiful didnt add . A rich source for students of greek mythology and literature the homeric hymns are also fine poetry attributed by the ancients to homer these prooimia or preludes were actually composed over centuries and used by poets to prepare for the singing or recitation of longer portions of the homeric epicsin his acclaimed translations of the hymns apostolos athanassakis preserves the essential . The homeric hymns are a collection of thirty three greek poems composed in the old epic style they range in length from 3 to 500 lines the shortest of these are brief invocations which served as preludes to longer festival recitations of epic
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