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"Her anger is dreadful, and she does not mingle with the gods, but apart from them in a fragrant temple she sits, dwelling in the rocky town of Eleusis" (Hymn to Demeter, 354-56).

Hymn to Demeter



700 BCE –
Dates are approximate

The Hymn to Demeter is just one of the 33 surviving hymns that were attributed to Homer in antiquity. That attribution was already questioned by some ancient critics, and today scholars do not believe that any of the "Homeric hymns" were composed by the composer or composers of the Iliad and the Odyssey. These Greek hexameter poems were written in epic style and addressed to gods and minor deities.


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