Pindar's Eyes: Visual and Material Culture in Epinician Poetry by David FearnPindar's Eyes: Visual and Material Culture in Epinician Poetry by David Fearn

Pindar's Eyes: Visual and Material Culture in Epinician Poetry

byDavid Fearn

Hardcover | October 21, 2017

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Pindar's Eyes is a ground-breaking interdisciplinary exploration of the interactions between Greek lyric poetry and visual and material culture in the early fifth century BCE. It draws on case studies of classical art and texts to open up analysis of the genre to the wider theme of aestheticexperience in early classical Greece, with particular focus on the poetic mechanisms through which Pindar's victory odes use visual and material culture to engage their audiences. Complete readings of Nemean 5, Nemean 8, and Pythian 1 reveal the poet's deep interest in the relations between lyricpoetry and commemorative and religious sculpture, as well as other significant visual phenomena, while literary studies of his evocation of cultural attitudes through elaborate use of the lyric first person are combined with art-historical treatments of ecphrasis, of image and text, and of art'sframing of ritual experience in ancient Greece. This specific aesthetic approach is expanded through fresh treatments of Simonides' and Bacchylides' own engagements with material culture, as well as an account of Pindaric themes in the Aeginetan logoi of Herodotus' Histories. These come together tooffer not just a novel perspective on the relationship between art and text in Pindaric poetry, but to give rise to new claims about the nature of classical Greek visuality and ritual subjectivity, and to foster a richer understanding of the ways in which classical poetry and art shaped the livesand experiences of its ancient consumers.
David Fearn is Associate Professor in Greek Literature at the University of Warwick. His research focuses on the poetics, aesthetics, and the socio-political contextualization and reception of archaic and classical Greek literature, and of lyric poetry in particular, though he is also interested in classical historiography, rhetoric, a...
Title:Pindar's Eyes: Visual and Material Culture in Epinician PoetryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0 inPublished:October 21, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

FrontmatterList of Abbreviations0. Introduction: Eyes and 'I'sEyes and 'I's: Deixis, Visuality, Ecphrasis, ReferentialityMemorialization, Transmission, Material Culture, Cultural Value1. Efficacy. Nemean 5 and Herodotus on Aeginetan Victors, Heroes, and StatuesI. Static Statues, Departing PoemsII. 'Pindar's Splendid Pictures': Craft Analogies and BeyondII.1 Aborted Myth: Lyric Story-Telling and Aesthetic PerceptionII.2 Narrative, Persuasion, FalsehoodIII. Encomiastic ConclusionsIII.1 Catalogues and Materialist VoicesIII.2 Lyric ArchitectonicsIV. Herodotus on Aeginetan Efficacy: Heroes, Cult Statues, and Pindaric ReceptionIV.1 Moving Sculptures and Aeginetan Efficacy in Book 5IV.2 Cult Statues and Heroes at SalamisIV.3 Lampon and PausaniasV. Conclusion2. Contact. Lyric Referentiality and Material Culture in Nemean 8I. Young Love: Pindar's Touching OverturesI.1 The Construction of LoveI.2 Erotic ContextualizabilityaI.3 Sight, Touch, Desire, ImaginationII. Contacting AiakosII.1 Contextual ConnectivityII.2 Votive ReliefsII.3 The First-Person ForegroundedII.4 Architecture for AiakosII.5 The Aiakeion as a Lyric ModelII.6 Pindar and RitualaII.7 Kleos and SubjectivityII.8 Ecphrasis, Deixis, GestureII.9 The Epiphanic VoiceIII. Attitudes, Visions, MaterialitiesIII.1 Haptics, Gesture, Epic RhetoricIII.2 Past and Future; Monumentality and MemorializationIV. ConclusionCoda. The Alcmaeon Encounter: Pythian 8.56 603. Ecphrasis and the Politics of Time in Pythian 1I. Unity and CoherenceII. Lyric and Hymnic Traditions: Framing Lyric PowerIII. Ecphrasis, Signification, and 'The Irruption of Time into Play'III.1 On Interpreting PortentsIII.2 Volcanic NoiseIV. Time for PrayersV. TensionsVI. Revelation and AuthorityVII. Noise RevisitedVIII. Conclusion: Monstrous Time4. Language and Vision in the Epinician PoetsI. The Decorative Box of Words: Simonides' Danae FragmentI.1 Ecphrastic FramingI.2 Vividness: Language, Imagery, ColourI.3 Aesthetics, Communication, and ResponseI.4 ConclusionII. Vision and Material Culture in Bacchylides and Pindar ComparedII.1 'Look this way with your mind'II.2 The Passion Within: Ecphrasis and the Opacity of Bacchylidean Lyric NarrativeII.3 Eyesight in Argos: Vision and Material Culture in Pindar, Nemean 105. ConclusionEndmatterBibliographyIndex of Passages CitedGeneral Index