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Thomas W. Allen, E. E. Sikes, Commentary on the Homeric Hymns, HYMN TO HERMES (search)
myth Melic Poets p. 165 (but see Timotheus Pers.237). Even if this form of the cithara is older than Terpander, who probably only modified the scale (Smyth l.c.), it is highly probable that the hymn is much later than that poet. As Gemoll remarks (p. 193), the hymn-writer could not have attributed the seven strings to Hermes, had not the cithara been long established in that form. On the other hand, the hymn does not approach the childishness of the Batrachomachia (attributed to Pigres, circ. 480, by Plutarch and Suidas), nor to the comic effects of fourth-century parody; still less is it Alexandrian. It is excellent and vigorous literature of an early period, and its cynical and quasi-parodic style make it unique. Its language is in places prosaic,See on 313, 316. but a high flight of poetic fancy would be foreign to the theme. The moral tone appears low when judged by modern standards—as low, perhaps, as that of the Lay of Demodocus (see h. Aphr. Introd.). But this was no stumbli