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Bollingen #41: Chapman's Homeric Hymns and Other Homerica

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"It should be very satisfying to sing hymns to gods whom everyone can agree exist, so tune up your pipes for Apollo, the archer and fair king of days, or for Venus, the soft skinned, because both beauty and sunshine deserve our adoration. How appropriate that the voice you can choose here should be Elizabethan, queen of the Enlightenment, and patron of the poets, George Chapman so much among them, who made the old world new, and heard the voice of heroes in all of Homer's songs."--William H. Gass

"Chapman's versions inspired English poets for centuries after his time. They rest on a minute and perceptive reading of the texts. And they retain their power to fascinate and provoke anyone interested in Homer and his afterlife, in Renaissance ideas about classical and modern poetry, or in the development of the language of English poetry."--Anthony T. Grafton, Princeton University

"Oft of one wide expanse had I been told


That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;


Yet did I never breathe its pure serene


Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold"--John Keats, "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"

Synopsis:

"It should be very satisfying to sing hymns to gods whom everyone can agree exist, so tune up your pipes for Apollo, the archer and fair king of days, or for Venus, the soft skinned, because both beauty and sunshine deserve our adoration. How appropriate that the voice you can choose here should be Elizabethan, queen of the Enlightenment, and patron of the poets, George Chapman so much among them, who made the old world new, and heard the voice of heroes in all of Homer's songs."--William H. Gass

"Chapman's versions inspired English poets for centuries after his time. They rest on a minute and perceptive reading of the texts. And they retain their power to fascinate and provoke anyone interested in Homer and his afterlife, in Renaissance ideas about classical and modern poetry, or in the development of the language of English poetry."--Anthony T. Grafton, Princeton University

"Oft of one wide expanse had I been told


That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;


Yet did I never breathe its pure serene


Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold"--John Keats, "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"

Synopsis:

George Chapman's translations of Homer--immortalized by Keats's sonnet-- are the most famous in the English language. Swinburne praised their "romantic and sometimes barbaric grandeur," their "freshness, strength, and inextinguishable fire." And the great critic George Saintsbury wrote, "For more than two centuries they were the resort of all who, unable to read Greek, wished to know what the Greek was. Chapman is far nearer Homer than any modern translator in any modern language."

This volume presents the original text of Chapman's translation of the Homeric hymns. The hymns, believed to have been written not by Homer himself but by followers who emulated his style, are poems written to the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greek pantheon. The collection, originally titled by Chapman "The Crowne of all Homers Workes," also includes epigrams and poems attributed to Homer and known as "The Lesser Homerica," as well as his famous "The Battle of Frogs and Mice."

About the Author

Stephen Scully is associate professor of classical studies at Boston University.

Table of Contents

The Homeric Hymns and George Chapman's Translation by Stephen Scully 1

Editor's Introduction by Allardyce Nicoll 41

The Crowne of all Homers Workes To the Earle of Somerset 49

The Occasion of this Impos'd Crowne 54

AL THE HYMNES OF HOMER

An Hymne to Apollo 57

A Hymne to Hermes 83

A Hymne to Venus 114

To the Same 130

Bacchus, or The Pyrats 132

To Mars 136

To Diana 137

To Venus 137

To Pallas 138

To Juno 138

To Ceres 139

To the Mother of the Gods 139

To Lyon-Hearted Hercules 140

To Æsculapius 140

To Castor and Pollux 141

To Mercurie 141

To Pan 142

To Vulcan 144

To Phoebus 145

To Neptune 145

To Jove 146

To Vesta 146

To the Muses and Apollo 146

To Bacchus 147

To Diana 148

To Pallas 149

To Vesta and Mercurie 150

To Earth the Mother of All 151

To the Sun 152

To the Moone 153

To Castor and Pollux 154

To Men of Hospitalitie 155

BATRACHOMYOMACHIA 157

CERTAINE EPIGRAMMS AND OTHER POEMS OF HOMER

To Cuma 177

In His Returne, to Cuma 177

Upon the Sepulcher of Midus 177

Cuma, Refusing His Offer t'Eternise Their State 178

An Assaie of His Begunne Iliads 179

To Thestor's Sonne 179

To Neptune 180

To the Cittie Erythræa 180

To Mariners 180

The Pine 181

To Glaucus 181

Against the Samian Ministresse or Nunne 182

Written on the Counsaile Chamber 182

The Fornace, Call'd in to Sing by Potters 182

Eiresione, or The Olive Branch 184

To Certaine Fisher-Boyes Pleasing Him with Ingenious Riddles 185

[Final Verses] 186

Textual Notes 191

Commentary 205

Glossary 213

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691136769
Author:
Nicoll, Allardyce
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Translator:
Chapman, George
Introduction by:
Scully, Stephen
Introduction:
Scully, Stephen
Author:
Chapman, George
Author:
Scully, Stephen
Author:
Homer
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Gods, Greek
Subject:
Hymns, Greek (Classical)
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British literature.
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Literature: Primary Works and Letters
Subject:
Classics-General
Subject:
Literature: Primar
Subject:
y Works and Letters
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Bollingen Series (General)
Series Volume:
41
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone.
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , "It should be very satisfying to sing hymns to gods whom everyone can agree exist, so tune up your pipes for Apollo, the archer and fair king of days, or for Venus, the soft skinned, because both beauty and sunshine deserve our adoration. How appropriate that the voice you can choose here should be Elizabethan, queen of the Enlightenment, and patron of the poets, George Chapman so much among them, who made the old world new, and heard the voice of heroes in all of Homer's songs."--William H. Gass

"Chapman's versions inspired English poets for centuries after his time. They rest on a minute and perceptive reading of the texts. And they retain their power to fascinate and provoke anyone interested in Homer and his afterlife, in Renaissance ideas about classical and modern poetry, or in the development of the language of English poetry."--Anthony T. Grafton, Princeton University

"Oft of one wide expanse had I been told


That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;


Yet did I never breathe its pure serene


Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold"--John Keats, "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"

"Synopsis" by , George Chapman's translations of Homer--immortalized by Keats's sonnet-- are the most famous in the English language. Swinburne praised their "romantic and sometimes barbaric grandeur," their "freshness, strength, and inextinguishable fire." And the great critic George Saintsbury wrote, "For more than two centuries they were the resort of all who, unable to read Greek, wished to know what the Greek was. Chapman is far nearer Homer than any modern translator in any modern language."

This volume presents the original text of Chapman's translation of the Homeric hymns. The hymns, believed to have been written not by Homer himself but by followers who emulated his style, are poems written to the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greek pantheon. The collection, originally titled by Chapman "The Crowne of all Homers Workes," also includes epigrams and poems attributed to Homer and known as "The Lesser Homerica," as well as his famous "The Battle of Frogs and Mice."

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