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Richard Hunter

Abstract

This paper explores the presentation of the divine in Callimachus, and the differences and similarities in this matter from earlier poetry, through three case studies. First, how poets, both archaic and Hellenistic themselves fashion the divine and cultic world represented in their poetry, and how cult is used to link the present with the mythical past; secondly, the paper sets forth a reading of Callimachus’ Sixth Iambus to explore the importance of statues in Hellenistic poetry, an importance without real parallel in archaic poetry; finally, the paper considers the representation of experience of the divine and of epiphany through a comparison between the Homeric Hymn to Dionysus and Callimachus’ so-called mimetic hymns.

Hardie, Philip R. (Cambridge) and Hunter, Richard (Cambridge)