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The Gods Rich in PraiseEarly Greek and Mesopotamian Religious Poetry$
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Christopher Metcalf

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723363.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Gods Rich in Praise

Christopher Metcalf

Oxford University Press

The Introduction sets out the aims of the present book and explains its position in current scholarship. While an influential study by Eduard Norden (1913) argued, on the basis of a very limited corpus of texts, that early Greek religious poetry differed fundamentally from similar compositions in the ancient Near East, the current academic view is that early Greek literature was in fact pervaded by influence from Mesopotamian texts. Both positions are, however, based on questionable methods, and the Introduction explains that the present book aims not only to bring new primary sources to the debate but also to propose a better way to study possible contacts. The Introduction also describes the criteria that have been used to select the corpus of sources on which this study is based.

Keywords:   literary influence, Norden, Mesopotamia, Greece, Near East, hymns, prayers

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