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One of the most notable examples of hymnody from Ancient Greece is a collection of six hymns written by Callimachus, a poet and scholar, who lived most of his life in Alexandria, North Africa. Each of the hymns express praise, in turn, to Zeus, Apollo, Artemis, Delos, the bath of Pallas, and Demeter. The first hymn (‘To Zeus’) opens:

At libations to Zeus what else should rather be sung than the god himself, mighty for ever, king for evermore, router of the Pelagonians, dealer of justice to the sons of Heaven?

Callimachus, Hymns and Epigrams. Lycoprhon, Aratus. Loeb Classical Library Volume 129, Translated by A.W. Mair & G.R. Loeb (London: William Heineman, 1921).

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