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Sappho 27 V., Alcaeus 308 Lib., and the Homeric Hymn to Hermes
Citation Information: Trends in Classics. Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 245–253, ISSN (Online) 1866-7481, ISSN (Print) 1866-7473, DOI: 10.1515/tcs.2011.012, November 2011
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A number of different readings and supplements proposed for Sappho's fr. 27 V. clarify the circumstances in which the song was written. Collaterally, a striking parallel is observed between a Sappho verse and a passage of the Homeric Hymn to Hermes (4). The similarity suggests a dating of the composition of the Hymn in the early sixth century. The same dating is suggested by Alcaeus' fr. 308 Lib. (‘Hymn to Hermes’), the invocation formulas of which, without being so typical and conventional as was believed so far, are identical to those of the Homeric Hymn.