Hymns from Homer to Proclus
by Barry B. Powell
This title is very well thought out. It begins with sections on aspects of poetry including meter and performance. There are also guides to the spelling of ancient names and places. Some illustrations and maps are also to be found within these pages.
Readers may already know that a hymn is a song and one that is generally addressed to, and about a god. There are many included here.
This title is organized by god enabling readers to see what different poets said about each one that is found here. I learned that these oral poets often included stock phrases, some I already knew and think are beautiful, as for example, the “wine dark sea.”
This title is published by an academic press. It is a volume that calls for the reader’s attention. I look forward to spending considerable time with it.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.