CL106/EN106 Week 7:
1. Homeric Hymn to Demeter:
Note: You may find it helpful to read the brief note on Demeter at this link before reading the Hymn.
a. What, if anything, in this poem reminds you of Homer's poetry?
b. What do you imagine was the original occasion for the performance of this Hymn? How do you think it was performed? What is there in the Hymn that leads you to answer these two questions as you have?
c. What is Demeter like?
d. How does the account of Demeter's stay at Eleusis fit into the Hymn as a whole?
e. Is there any point to the story the Hymn tells? If so, what is it?
2. Hesiod, Works and Days:
Note: The Perses to whom the poem is addressed is the poet's brother.
a. In five to ten words, what is this poem about?
b. Compare and contrast the Works and Days with the Iliad. How is it different? How is it the same?
c. Compare and contrast the Works and Days with the Odyssey. How is it different? How is it the same?
d. What's the most important thing in life according to the Works and Days? What was the most important thing in life according to the poems of Homer?
e. How realistic is this poem? What do you mean by "realistic"?
f. What does this poem tell us about Hesiod? How reliable is that information?
a. Go to this link for texts and study questions.