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Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns and Homerica

DIONYSUS CROSSING THE SEA. FROM GERHARD AUSERLESENE VASENBILDER.

HESIOD

THE HOMERIC HYMNS AND

HOMERICA


WITH AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY

HUGH G. EVELYN-WHITE, M.A.

SOMETIME SCHOLAR OF WADHAM COLLEGE, OXFORD




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LONDON : WILLIAM HEINEMANN

NEW YORK : G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS

MCMXX

First printed 1914
Reprinted 1920

PREFACE

This volume contains practically all that remains of the post-Homeric and pre-academic epic poetry.

I have for the most part formed my own text. In the case of Hesiod I have been able to use independent collations of several MSS. by Dr. W. H. D. Rouse; otherwise I have depended on the apparatus criticus of the several editions, especially that of Rzach (1902). The arrangement adopted in this edition, by which the complete and fragmentary poems are restored to the order in which they would probably have appeared had the Hesiodic corpus survived intact, is unusual, but should not need apology; the true place for the Catalogues (for example), fragmentary as they are, is certainly after the Theogony.

In preparing the text of the Homeric Hymns my chief debt — and it is a heavy one — is to the edition of Allen and Sikes (1904) and to the series of articles in the Journal of Hellenic Studies (vols. xv. sqq.) by T. W. Allen. To the same scholar and to the Delegates of the Clarendon Press I am greatly indebted for permission to use the restorations of the Hymn to Demeter, lines 387-401 and 462-470, printed in the Oxford Text of 1912.

Of the fragments of the Epic Cycle I have given only such as seemed to possess distinct importance or interest, and in doing so have relied mostly upon Kinkel's collection and on the fifth volume of the Oxford Homer (1912).

The texts of the Batrachomyomachia and of the Contest of Homer and Hesiod are those of Baumeister and Flach respectively: where I have diverged from these, the fact has been noted.

Owing to the circumstances of the present time I have been prevented from giving to the Introduction that full revision which I should have desired.

Rampton, nr. Cambridge.

Sept. 9th, 1914

CONTENTS

PAGE
PREFACE v
INTRODUCTION ix
BIBLIOGRAPHY xliii
HESIOD 1-283
Works and Days 2
The Divination by Birds 64
The Astronomy 66
The Precepts of Chiron 72
The Great Works 74
The Idaean Dactyls 76
The Theogony 78
The Catalogues of Women and the Eoiae 154
The Shield of Heracles 220
The Marriage of Ceyx 254
The Great Eoiae 256
The Melampodia 266
The Aegimius 270
Fragments of Unknown Position 274
Doubtful Fragments 280
THE HOMERIC HYMNS 285-463
I.—To Dionysus 286
II.—To Demeter 288
III.—To Apollo 324
IV.—To Hermes 362
V.—To Aphrodite 406
VI.—To Aphrodite 426
VII.—To Dionysus 428
VIII.—To Ares 432
IX.—To Artemis 434
X.—To Aphrodite 434
XI.—To Athena 436
XII.—To Hera 436
XIII.—To Demeter 436
XIV.—To the Mother of the Gods 438
XV.—To Heracles the Lion-hearted 438
XVI.—To Asclepius 440

XVII.—To the Dioscuri 440
XVIII.—To Hermes 440
XIX.—To Pan 442
XX.—To Hephaestus 446
XXI.—To Apollo 446
XXII.—To Poseidon 448
XXIII.—To the Son of Cronus, Most High 448
XXIV.—To Hestia 448
XXV.—To the Muses and Apollo 450
XXVI.—To Dionysus 450
XXVII.—To Artemis 452
XXVIII.—To Athena 452
XXIX.—To Hestia 454
XXX.—To Earth the Mother of All 456
XXXI.—To Helios 458
XXXII.—To Selene 458
XXXIII.—To the Dioscuri 460
THE EPIGRAMS OF HOMER 465
THE EPIC CYCLE 479
The War of the Titans 480
The Story of Oedipus 482
The Thebais 484
The Epigoni 486
The Cypria 488
The Aethiopis 506
The Little Iliad 508
The Sack of Ilium 520
The Returns 524
The Telegony 530
HOMERICA—
The Expedition of Amphiaraüs 532
The Taking of Oechalia 532
The Phocais 534
The Margites 536
The Cercopes 538
The Battle of the Frogs and Mice 541
THE CONTEST OF HOMER AND HESIOD 565
APPENDIX 599
INDEX 611

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