Pindars Library: Performance Poetry and Material Texts

Hardcover | December 26, 2015

byTom Phillips

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Pindar's Library is the first volume to explore how readers during the Hellenistic period encountered Pindar's poetry in book form, analysing in detail the role played by Pindar's literary, cultic, and scholarly reception in affecting readers' engagement with his epinician odes. The volumeexamines the poet's literary devices of encomiastic techniques, mythical narratives, and paraenetic discourses against the background of the song culture of the fifth century, considering the poems as both material documents and performance pieces. With a particular focus on the poems that begin and end the Olympian and Pythian books, the volume considers the continuities between reading and attending performances, highlighting elements of readers' experiences distinctive to Hellenistic culture. It also investigates the issue of quotations ofpoets in ancient commentaries, and how such citations influenced readers' understanding of intertextual relationships. Throughout the volume, the relations between Pindar's epinicians and the contextual factors that influence their reception are seen in dialogic terms: as well as exerting a powerfulinfluence over subsequent literature, the poems are also recontextualized in ways that shift and extend their cultural significance.

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Pindar's Library is the first volume to explore how readers during the Hellenistic period encountered Pindar's poetry in book form, analysing in detail the role played by Pindar's literary, cultic, and scholarly reception in affecting readers' engagement with his epinician odes. The volumeexamines the poet's literary devices of encomia...

Tom Phillips is Junior Research Fellow in Classics at Merton College, the University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.98 inPublished:December 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198745737

ISBN - 13:9780198745730

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List of AbbreviationsIntroductionPart I: Contexts: To Alexandria and Beyond1. Texts and Metatexts2. Passing on the Garland: Reception and Material SitesPart II: Singing Pages3. Edited Highlights4. Marginalia: Textual Encounters in the Scholia5. Closing the Book: Olympian 146. Pythians 11 and 12: Materiality, Intertextuality, ClosureConclusionBibliographyIndex