First-Person Fictions: Pindars Poetic `I

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMary R. Lefkowitz

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This collection of essays, written over a period of almost thirty years, deals with one problem: who is the `I' in the odes of the most celebrated ancient Greek poet, Pindar? Since antiquity, the complex and allusive language of the first-person statements has provoked many differentanswers. Professor Lefkowitz describes the function and nature of Pindar's `I'-statements and proposes a controversial solution that would cause some histories of Greek literature to be rewritten. Rather than accept the view that the identity of the speaker could be subject to instant andunannounced change, she proposes that the voice of the victory odes is the poet himself, in his most professional persona. Professor Lefkowitz also refutes the traditional belief that the odes were sung by a chorus. She shows that in most, if not all cases, they were sung as solos and that Pindarwas continuing the tradition established by the Homeric bards.

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This collection of essays, written over a period of almost thirty years, deals with one problem: who is the `I' in the odes of the most celebrated ancient Greek poet, Pindar? Since antiquity, the complex and allusive language of the first-person statements has provoked many differentanswers. Professor Lefkowitz describes the functio...

Mary R. Lefkowitz is at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198146868

ISBN - 13:9780198146865

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`her work has made it possible for her readers ever again to accept uncritically and as self-evident the meaning and function of first-person utterance in classical literature in general - and indeed beyond that...Students and scholars with a special interest will value it as anothercontribution from a highly original voice in Pindaric studies.'The Journal of Hellenic Studies 113