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Tragic hexameters and generic archaeology: Hera's hymn to the Nymphs (Aeschylus frags 168-168b Radt)

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This article discusses the hexameter piece in Aeschylus’ fragments 168–168b Radt (probably from Semele or Water-bearers), a hymn to the nymphs of Argos sung by Hera while disguised as a wandering priestess. First I detail the way in which the text evokes and adapts the tradition of hymnic poetry in hexameters (instantiated, among others, by the Homeric Hymns) in both content and form. Then I argue that Aeschylus performs an exercise in generic archaeology, recreating an archetypal stage of th...

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10.1086/718801

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Classics Faculty
Sub department:
Classical Languages & Lit
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
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Author
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Journal:
Classical Philology More from this journal
Volume:
117
Issue:
2
Pages:
234–258
Publication date:
2022-03-31
Acceptance date:
2020-06-05
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EISSN:
1546-072X
ISSN:
0009-837X
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1233198
Local pid:
pubs:1233198
Deposit date:
2022-01-21

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