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.
|Title of host publication||Δόσις δ’ ὀλίγη τε φίλη τε. Studi offerti a Mario Cantilena per i suoi 70 anni|
|Editors||Antonietta Porro Silvia Barbantani|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Demophon, Homeric, phraseology, Indo‑European, poetics, mythology, folktale.