Kinds of Hymn
That Aristotle borrowed the standard form for lyric hymns is shown through an analysis of Ariphron’s song in praise of Health, which is classified as a kind of hymn, a “paean,” in our sources. The question of the genre of Aristotle’s song remains open, however, because Pindar’s Olympian 14 shows that hymnic form could be incorporated into other genres. This Pindaric poem is also read to suggest that parts of poems could be reperformed as new kinds of song in new contexts, especially at symposia. The range of hymnic forms in different musical and metrical modes is shown through a reading of hexameter and elegiac hymns by “Homer,” Aristotle, and “Socrates.”
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