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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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Michael Davis
If you have the edition with essay by Taylor on the theology of Orpheus, it is remarkable. A must-own for anyone very seriously interested in the essential intersection of philosophy, myth, and poetry. Also a fascinating into the mind of a great Classicist — Taylor is one of the greatest scholars of Platonism and speaks with the authority of the believer.

While I know nothing of the quality of the translation, I can offer that Taylor's sincere love for ancient Hellenism and firm understanding of
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
Aaron Meyer
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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