Episode 22: Homeric Hymn to Apollo Part 2


Above: As promised in this week’s podcast, here are a few of Alison’s photos from a 2009 visit to the Temple of Apollo at Didyma (just south of Miletus). It is impossible to adequately convey the massive scale of the temple in photographs! The temple is approached by six steps and is surrounded by a forest of massive columns. Column drums as a wide as a person is tall and column flutes are wide enough to fit a human head. Unusually for a Greek temple, the interior is entered through a narrow tunnel. 

This episode we continue with our close analysis of the Homeric Hymn to Apollo. We discuss Apollo’s birth story and the festival on Delos in his honour.

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Source Passages

Homeric Hymn to Apollo 

Translation Sources

Homeric Hymn to Apollo. Translated by Susan C. Shelmerdine. Focus Publishing: 1995.


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This week’s theme music: “Super Hero” by King Louie’s Missing Monuments from the album “Live at WFMU” (2011). Used under Creative Commons license. Music used under Creative Commons license and available from Free Music Archive.