The Homeric Hymns A New Prose translation and Essays, Literary and Mythological
has yet detected eight Isaiahs. There are about ten other theories
of similar plausibility and value. Meanwhile Baumeister argues
that the Pythian Hymn (our second part) is an imitation of the Delian;
by a follower, not of Homer, but of Hesiod. Thus, the Hesiodic
school was closely connected with Delphi
; the Homeric with Ionia, so
rarely occurs in the Epics; in fact only thrice (Ι.
405, θ. 80, λ. 581). The local knowledge is accurate
(Pythian Hymn, 103 sqq
.). These are local legends, and
knowledge of the curious chariot ritual of Onchestus. The Muses
are united with the Graces as in a work of art in the Delphian temple.
The poet chooses the Hesiodic and un-Homeric myth of Heaven and Earth,
and their progeny: a myth current also in