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Homeric Hymns, Epigrams, and The Battle of Frogs and Mice

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By: (c. 8th cen - c. 8th cen)

Homer's collection of Homeric Hymns, Epigrams, and The Battle of Frogs and Mice provides readers with a fascinating peek into the ancient world of Greek mythology. The hymns, which are dedicated to various gods and goddesses, showcase Homer's mastery of poetic language and storytelling. The epigrams offer a more concise and often humorous look at daily life and interactions among the gods.

The Battle of Frogs and Mice is a delightful and whimsical tale that showcases Homer's versatility as a storyteller. The anthropomorphic animals engage in a fierce battle that is both comedic and entertaining. The vivid descriptions and clever wordplay make this poem a standout in the collection.

Overall, Homer's work in this collection is a testament to his enduring legacy as one of the greatest poets in history. Readers who are interested in Greek mythology, ancient literature, or just enjoy a good story will find much to enjoy in these well-crafted and timeless works.

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Homeric Hymns are thirty-three poems each paying homage to a certain Greek god. Only a few of the poems are more than 250 lines while the rest are about a dozen lines each. They are written in Homeric style and traditionally attributed to Homer but their true provenance is unknown. The Epigrams are a series of fragments on disparate topics including sailors, children and potters and are similarly attributed to Homer although it appears Hesiod and others wrote some of them. Finally, Battle of Frogs and Mice is a light-weight parody -- literally, at one-fiftieth the number of lines -- of Homer's famous battle of Greeks and Trojans epic, Illiad.

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