Indo-European poetics, mythology, and folktale in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. Ὑλοτόμος, ὑποτάμνον and a new interpretation for lines 227-30 and the Demophon episode

Riccardo Ginevra*

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Abstract

The article argues for the interpretation of ὑλοτόμος ‘the one who/which cuts wood’ and ὑποτάμνον ‘that which cuts under’, both attested within the Demophon episode of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, as poetic terms for [AXE] or [METAL]. This analysis finds support in the lexicon, phraseology, and narrative elements occurring in the Hymn itself, in texts in Ancient Greek and other Indo‑European languages, as well as in modern European folktales.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationΔόσις δ’ ὀλίγη τε φίλη τε. Studi offerti a Mario Cantilena per i suoi 70 anni
EditorsAntonietta Porro Silvia Barbantani
Pages27-46
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Demophon, Homeric, phraseology, Indo‑European, poetics, mythology, folktale.

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