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The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Helene P. Foley (ed.)

Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays

Reviewed by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

The Homeric Hymn to Demeter is perhaps best recognized as the “Persephone myth,” and this version of it is the oldest literate form known. For all of its popularity and importance, however, it is also one of the most frequently misunderstood texts of Greek antiquity in existence, for reasons which will be detailed below. While a variety of translations of the Homeric Hymns are available, the present version, with its parallel Greek text and English translation, extensive textual notes, and lengthy interpretive essay, is perhaps one of the most useful and comprehensive editions currently available. There is a great deal about this volume which would make it a welcome addition to any modern polytheist’s library.

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