Analysis of the various types of prayer in the Homeric poems, illustrated by some examples: a) request prayer (Il. II 410-420, V 114-124, XVI 514-526, Od. V 444-453, XVIII 199-205, XX 59-90); b) intercessory prayer (Il. XVI 225-252, VI 476-490, Od. XVII 240-243); c) cursing prayer (Il. I 37-42); d) complain, blame, accusation (Il. III 364-368, XIII 631-635); e) thanksgiving prayer (Il. I 450-457 and 472-474, Od. XXIV 351-352 and 513-515). These types of prayer continue to survive in the literary tradition at least until to Plato, when requests for concrete benefits from the gods are replaced by demands with ethical content (p. es. in Plat. Phaedr. 279 b e Crit. 106 a-b). Finally, some reflections on the community prayer and on the prayer of praise to gods, from the archaic period onwards.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Prayer in the literary texts of archaic Greece|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|