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The Homeric Hymns A New Prose Translation; and Essays, Literary and Mythological   By: (1844-1912)

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In "The Homeric Hymns: A New Prose Translation; and Essays, Literary and Mythological," Andrew Lang offers readers a captivating and comprehensive exploration of ancient Greek culture and mythology. This collection not only presents a fresh and accessible prose translation of the Homeric Hymns but also includes a number of essays that shed light on various aspects of Greek literature and mythological traditions.

One of the book's highlights is Lang's meticulous translation of the Homeric Hymns, which were originally composed as poetic invocations to the ancient gods. By presenting them in prose, Lang enables readers to engage directly with the hymns' content and appreciate their rich narrative and linguistic beauty. His translation strikes a balance between accuracy and readability, allowing both scholars and general readers to appreciate these ancient texts.

In addition to the translations, Lang provides a series of essays that delve into different aspects of Greek mythology and literature. These essays delve into various Greek myths, gods, and heroes, exploring their significance and symbolism. Lang's writing style is engaging and accessible, making even complex concepts comprehensible to readers with varying degrees of familiarity with Greek mythology.

Lang's expertise in the subject matter shines through in the essays, which are both instructive and enjoyable to read. He effortlessly weaves together historical context, literary analysis, and personal insights to offer readers a comprehensive understanding of Greek mythology. Furthermore, Lang's extensive research is evident in his ability to draw connections and highlight recurring themes throughout various myths and hymns.

"The Homeric Hymns: A New Prose Translation; and Essays, Literary and Mythological" stands as a valuable resource for both scholars and any reader passionate about ancient Greek culture and mythology. Lang's prose translation allows for a deeper appreciation of the Homeric Hymns, while his insightful essays provide illuminating perspectives on Greek mythology as a whole. This collection is a testament to Lang's expertise and passion for the subject matter, making it an essential addition to any literary or mythological library.

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[Bust of Athene. Forming a vase; found at Athens now in the British Museum. (Fifth Century B.C.): langi.jpg]


To Henry Butcher A Little Token of A Long Friendship


To translate the Hymns usually called "Homeric" had long been my wish, and, at the Publisher's suggestion, I undertook the work. Though not in partnership, on this occasion, with my friend, Mr. Henry Butcher (Professor of Greek in the University of Edinburgh), I have been fortunate in receiving his kind assistance in correcting the proofs of the longer and most of the minor Hymns. Mr. Burnet, Professor of Greek in the University of St. Andrews, has also most generously read the proofs of the translation. It is, of course, to be understood that these scholars are not responsible for the slips which may have wandered into my version, the work of one whose Greek has long "rusted in disuse." Indeed I must confess that the rendering "Etin" for [Greek text] is retained in spite of Mr. Butcher, who is also not wholly satisfied with "gledes of light," and with "shieling" for a pastoral summer station in the hills. But I know no word for it in English south of Tweed.

Mr. A. S. Murray, the Head of the Classical Department in the British Museum, has also been good enough to read, and suggest corrections in the preliminary Essays; while Mr... Continue reading book >>

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