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The Hymns of Orpheus

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The Orphic Hymns are a set of pre-classical poetic compositions, attributed to the culture hero Orpheus, himself the subject of a renowned myth. In reality, these poems were probably composed by several different poets. Reminiscent of the Rig-Veda, the Orphic Hymns contain a rich set of clues about prehistoric European mythology.

Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1977)
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I loved these translations. I much prefer them to Thomas Taylors old translations, which try to emulate the poetry of the hymns, rather then accurately translate the meaning of the Hymns. The notes where very elucidating and I learned a lot about both Orphic cult and theology, as well as "mainstream" Hellenic religion.

If I were to change anything about it, it would be either that the book was bilingual, in that the original Hellenic text would be printed on one page, and it's translation of the
For a cult supposedly founded by Orpheus, the hymns themselves have all the divine and poetic inspiration of listening to people's cell phone calls. "Hello, Deity (Name), (lists of titles/epithets/duties). I'm calling to ask you for (x). Grant me a good death/end of life. Bye. " Nonetheless, I'm happy to have a new translation after access to only the ridiculous, incomprehensible 19th century one by Thomas Taylor. The notes thoroughly cross-reference a wealth of other classical material, which i ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fun to read.
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I love this work, the way the words flow, in an English that is no longer used. It sounds slightly archaic and is so very fitting to these ancient hymns to the gods. Very useful.
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