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George Chapman's translations of Homer--immortalized by Keats's sonnet-- are the most famous in the English language. Swinburne praised their "romantic and sometimes barbaric grandeur," their "freshness, strength, and inextinguishable fire." And the great critic George Saintsbury wrote, "For more than two centuries they were the resort of all who, unable to read Greek, wis George Chapman's translations of Homer--immortalized by Keats's sonnet-- are the most famous in the English language. Swinburne praised their "romantic and sometimes barbaric grandeur," their "freshness, strength, and inextinguishable fire." And the great critic George Saintsbury wrote, "For more than two centuries they were the resort of all who, unable to read Greek, wished to know what the Greek was. Chapman is far nearer Homer than any modern translator in any modern language." This volume presents the original text of Chapman's translation of the Homeric hymns. The hymns, believed to have been written not by Homer himself but by followers who emulated his style, are poems written to the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greek pantheon. The collection, originally titled by Chapman "The Crowne of all Homers Workes," also includes epigrams and poems attributed to Homer and known as "The Lesser Homerica," as well as his famous "The Battle of Frogs and Mice."


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George Chapman's translations of Homer--immortalized by Keats's sonnet-- are the most famous in the English language. Swinburne praised their "romantic and sometimes barbaric grandeur," their "freshness, strength, and inextinguishable fire." And the great critic George Saintsbury wrote, "For more than two centuries they were the resort of all who, unable to read Greek, wis George Chapman's translations of Homer--immortalized by Keats's sonnet-- are the most famous in the English language. Swinburne praised their "romantic and sometimes barbaric grandeur," their "freshness, strength, and inextinguishable fire." And the great critic George Saintsbury wrote, "For more than two centuries they were the resort of all who, unable to read Greek, wished to know what the Greek was. Chapman is far nearer Homer than any modern translator in any modern language." This volume presents the original text of Chapman's translation of the Homeric hymns. The hymns, believed to have been written not by Homer himself but by followers who emulated his style, are poems written to the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greek pantheon. The collection, originally titled by Chapman "The Crowne of all Homers Workes," also includes epigrams and poems attributed to Homer and known as "The Lesser Homerica," as well as his famous "The Battle of Frogs and Mice."

30 review for Homeric Hymns, Epigrams, and The Battle of Frogs and Mice (LibriVox Audiobooks)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    I'll tell no lies: "The Batrachomyomachia" is fantastic. Sure, Homer didn't write it. I don't care. The bit where fairest Pallas, my Athena, refuses to intervene due to the most petty and girlish reasons imaginable is worth a thousand Grecian bowman. I hasten to add that I, uh, have always had some weird crush on Athena. And just so you know, she looks exactly like Vacation-era Jane Wiedlin from the Go-Go's. This is historical fact. Batrachomyomachia is just fun to say. Admit it: you want to res I'll tell no lies: "The Batrachomyomachia" is fantastic. Sure, Homer didn't write it. I don't care. The bit where fairest Pallas, my Athena, refuses to intervene due to the most petty and girlish reasons imaginable is worth a thousand Grecian bowman. I hasten to add that I, uh, have always had some weird crush on Athena. And just so you know, she looks exactly like Vacation-era Jane Wiedlin from the Go-Go's. This is historical fact. Batrachomyomachia is just fun to say. Admit it: you want to respond, when someone dares ask what you're currently reading, with, 'Oh, just "The Batrachomyomachia."' Why? One, it makes you sound incredibly, incredibly intelligent (it is eight syllables, after all). Two, it's plain fun to say. Try it with me: Batrachomyomachia Batrachomyomachia Batrachomyomachia Didn't that feel good? It is good to know this type of shit; so too that the non-proper noun 'batrachomyomachia' may further pepper your daily, yes daily, speech-panache ('Well, Jim and Betty, the kids really just fell into a batrachomyomachia over who'd get to shoot the dog first, and Little Jimmy got part of his ear bitten off. These things happen all the time. Look: Let's not make a big deal over a batrachomyomachia when there's fresh dog golden retriever puppy meat to eat'). But before one can do that they must drill it into the brain. THUS: Three times fast: BatrachomyomachiaBatrachomyomachiaBatrachomyomachia Nicely done! If you're ever looking for the definitive pre-historical-to-Classical poetic epic of the great Mice-Frog Wars, it is here. No need to look further. There's also an edition illustrated by Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne), a factive farce I am far too obtuse to have manufactured out of so much thin but hot air.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stefano Caserta

    Una delle opere più simpatiche del mondo classico, una parodia di classe che in pochissimi versi eguaglia il Pathos dell'originale e diverte il lettore che, incredulo, si lascia trascinare in un turbine di emozioni senza fine abitato da personaggi indimenticabili, quali Gonfiagote e Rubabriciole (figlio di Rodipane). Una delle opere più simpatiche del mondo classico, una parodia di classe che in pochissimi versi eguaglia il Pathos dell'originale e diverte il lettore che, incredulo, si lascia trascinare in un turbine di emozioni senza fine abitato da personaggi indimenticabili, quali Gonfiagote e Rubabriciole (figlio di Rodipane).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jorvon Carter

    How threatening mice advanc'd with warlike grace, And wag'd dire combats with the croaking race. How threatening mice advanc'd with warlike grace, And wag'd dire combats with the croaking race.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simon Opdebeeck

    Just talking about the batrachomyomachia here, not the hymns, but i really like it!!! Its an awesome parody of the classic epics. Just the poetry was a bit hard to read from time to time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Victor

    Five stars to Batrachomyomachia for being funny and epic. None for everything else.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Popebrak

    Seriously? Homer wrote _three_ poems? You'd think somebody would have pointed this out to me earlier. Seriously? Homer wrote _three_ poems? You'd think somebody would have pointed this out to me earlier.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Néstor Pastor

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sirin32

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carol Bradford

  10. 4 out of 5

    Uzhdarchios

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mathias

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

  13. 5 out of 5

    Glauco Fattore

    A fun satire of an epic.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gina Salama

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vada Cloutier

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kamil Dudar

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Zhighalov

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brendy_C

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emiliano

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gary

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cody

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris R.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Revoltijo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  25. 4 out of 5

    J.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mohamed Lotfy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gina

  28. 5 out of 5

    Seán Higgins

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mária

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