The Homeric Hymns Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The compilation of The Homeric Hymns is discussed in the Introduction.

1) Define the term "Homeric" and why it is applied to the hymns that are featured in this collection.

2) Explain the hexameter form that Homer was known to use and how it is present in the hymns.

3) Analyze the different purposes of the hymns as they are presented in the Introduction.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the possible theories about Homer's life and writings, including why it is believed that he was blind, how this is referred to in the hymns, and the way that his stories may have been recorded. Also, use the information in the Introduction from other historians and writers to provide examples.

Essay Topic 3

Chronicle the development of Ancient Greek lyrical poetry, the development of the Greek alphabet, how stories might have been created before it, and the different styles used to distinguish the...

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