elrond32 wrote:First of all, since they are attributed to Homer, I assume that they are written in the epic dialect; is this accurate?
I'm not sure if Homer wrote them, but they are
in that dialectical stew we call 'Epic'. Although they do show a few very archaic forms, they are later than the Iliad and Odyssey. When translating the Hymns, I routinely have to look up in the LSJ words that I can't find in Cunliffe's Homeric lexicon.
elrond32 wrote:Secondly, I was wondering about how difficult these hymns would be to read for a relatively new student of Greek. Would they be comparable in difficulty to the epic poems, or would it be more like a first year Greek student trying to read Aeschylus and Pindar?
I find Homer much easier than Aeschylus. If you can translate Homer, then the Hymns should give you no trouble. If you are adept at Aeschylus, then the Hymns should be a walk in the park.