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A tolvajok istene? Megjegyzések a homérosi Hermés-himnuszhoz
The God of Thieves? Remarks for the Homeric Hermes Hymn

Author(s): Zsolt Adorjáni
Subject(s): Ancient World, Greek Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: Homer; Hermes; hymn; thief; trick; lyre; music; prophecy; inspiration;

Summary/Abstract: This paper deals with some notorious passages of the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, which present problems of textual and interpretative nature. The first chapter investigates the sandal-making scene (82–86) in order to determine the real motivation of Hermes by this deed, and proposes a new conjecture for verse 86; the second chapter looks at the feigning-episode in the cave, analyses the skills of Hermes qua actor and tries to emend the corrupt line 242. Finally, the last chapter tracks Hermes’ ascent in the closing part of the Hymn from a cunning thief to an inspired bard without losing any of his former capacities.

  • Issue Year: 56/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 1-16
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Hungarian