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Hymn (genre)
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1. Origins and concept

The hymn as a literary genre of the early modern period had a long history, dating back to the mid-3rd millennium BCE. Originally, hymns were cult songs of praise to gods, heroes, and rulers. They were among the earliest forms of poetry, and the oldest surviving texts come from Mesopotamia and Egypt. Hymns were also important in ancient Greece, where the term hymnos (originally “song” in general, etymology obscure) was used as the generic descriptor. Ancient Gr…

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Ammon, Frieder von and Talkner, Katharina, “Hymn (genre)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021203>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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