May 2012

Pagan Hymns

By Proclus and others

Some of the most prominent philosophers of the late pagan era of ancient history were also the composers of beautiful hymns, devotional poetry to the old Greek and Roman gods. This tradition of pagan hymn-writing goes back to the earliest times, and we even have a collection of hymns supposedly written by the poet Homer himself. Other hymns were said to have been composed by the legendary Orpheus, but were probably actually written for use by the Orphic religious sect.