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Hymn (from Gk. humnos)locked

  • Warren Anderson,
  • Thomas J. Mathiesen,
  • Susan Boynton,
  • Tom R. Ward,
  • John Caldwell,
  • Nicholas Temperley
  •  and Harry Eskew


A term of unknown origin but first used in ancient Greece and Rome to designate a poem in honour of a god. In the early Christian period the word was often, though not always, used to refer to praises sung to God, as distinct from ‘psalm’. The Western and Eastern (Byzantine) Churches developed widely differing hymn traditions. This articles discusses the ancient Greek hymn, and the Western Christian repertory (Catholic and Protestant). For the Byzantine hymn and its various genres ...

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