Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica eBook

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Martin (Variarum Lectionum libb. iv), Paris, 1605. 
Barnes, Cambridge, 1711. 
Ruhnken, Leyden, 1782 (Epist.  Crit. and “Hymn to Demeter"). 
Ilgen, Halle, 1796 (with “Epigrams” and the “Battle of the Frogs
     and Mice"). 
Matthiae, Leipzig, 1806 (with the “Battle of the Frogs and
Hermann, Berling, 1806 (with “Epigrams"). 
Franke, Leipzig, 1828 (with “Epigrams” and the “Battle of the
     Frogs and Mice"). 
Dindorff (Didot edition), Paris, 1837. 
Baumeister ("Battle of the Frogs and Mice"), Gottingen, 1852. 
Baumeister ("Hymns"), Leipzig, 1860. 
Gemoll, Leipzig, 1886. 
Goodwin, Oxford, 1893. 
Ludwich ("Battle of the Frogs and Mice"), 1896. 
Allen and Sikes, London, 1904. 
Allen (Homeri Opera v), Oxford, 1912.

Of these editions that of Messrs Allen and Sikes is by far the best:  not only is the text purged of the load of conjectures for which the frequent obscurities of the Hymns offer a special opening, but the Introduction and the Notes throughout are of the highest value.  For a full discussion of the MSS. and textual problems, reference must be made to this edition, as also to Dr. T.W.  Allen’s series of articles in the “Journal of Hellenic Studies” vols. xv ff.  Among translations those of J. Edgar (Edinburgh), 1891) and of Andrew Lang (London, 1899) may be mentioned.

The Epic Cycle:  —­

The fragments of the Epic Cycle, being drawn from a variety of authors, no list of MSS. can be given.  The following collections and editions may be mentioned:  —­

Muller, Leipzig, 1829. 
Dindorff (Didot edition of Homer), Paris, 1837-56. 
Kinkel (Epicorum Graecorum Fragmenta i), Leipzig, 1877. 
Allen (Homeri Opera v), Oxford, 1912.

The fullest discussion of the problems and fragments of the epic cycle is F.G.  Welcker’s “der epische Cyclus” (Bonn, vol. i, 1835:  vol. ii, 1849:  vol. i, 2nd edition, 1865).  The Appendix to Monro’s “Homer’s Odyssey” xii-xxiv (pp. 340 ff.) deals with the Cyclic poets in relation to Homer, and a clear and reasonable discussion of the subject is to be found in Croiset’s “Hist. de la Litterature Grecque”, vol. i.

On Hesiod, the Hesiodic poems and the problems which these offer see Rzach’s most important article “Hesiodos” in Pauly-Wissowa, “Real-Encyclopadie” xv (1912).

A discussion of the evidence for the date of Hesiod is to be found in “Journ.  Hell.  Stud.” xxxv, 85 ff. (T.W.  Allen).

Of translations of Hesiod the following may be noticed:  —­ “The Georgicks of Hesiod”, by George Chapman, London, 1618; “The Works of Hesiod translated from the Greek”, by Thomas Coocke, London, 1728; “The Remains of Hesiod translated from the Greek into English Verse”, by Charles Abraham Elton; “The Works of Hesiod, Callimachus, and Theognis”, by the Rev. J. Banks, M.A.; “Hesiod”, by Prof.  James Mair, Oxford, 1908 (3).


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