Pindars Poetry, Patrons, and Festivals: From Archaic Greece To The Roman Empire

Hardcover | February 22, 2007

EditorSimon Hornblower, Catherine Morgan

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Ancient sport made a huge if indirect contribution to the literature of ancient Greece, since some sixty poems by Pindar and Bacchylides ('epinikian odes'), written to commemorate victories, survive from the Classical period. This book is a collection of essays about that literature, and aboutthe social and physical context for which it was written. The editors assembled an internationally distinguished team of speakers for the original 2002 seminar series held in London, and these papers form the backbone of the book. But to ensure coherence and comprehensive coverage, they havecommissioned three further papers, and have themselves written a long thematic Introduction. The result is a stellar team of authors, and a book which looks at an important literary phenomenon in light of the latest archaeological and sociological insights, as well as evaluating the poetry both aspoetry and as a performance genre with distinctive characteristics.

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Ancient sport made a huge if indirect contribution to the literature of ancient Greece, since some sixty poems by Pindar and Bacchylides ('epinikian odes'), written to commemorate victories, survive from the Classical period. This book is a collection of essays about that literature, and aboutthe social and physical context for which i...

Simon Hornblower is Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University College London. Catherine Morgan is Professor of Classical Archaeology, King's College London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:490 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.18 inPublished:February 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Simon Hornblower and Catherine Morgan: IntroductionI2. J. K. Davies: The origins of the festivals, especially Delphi and the Pythia3. Stephen Instone: Origins of the Olympics4. R. R. R. Smith: Pindar, athletes, and the early Greek statue habit5. Rosalind Thomas: Fame, memorial and choral poetry: the origins of epinikian poetry - a historical study6. Nick Lowe: Epinikian eidography7. Michael Silk: Pindar's poetry as poetry: a literary commentary on Olympian 128. Christopher Carey: Pindar, place and performanceII9. Catherine Morgan: Debating patronage: the cases of Argos and Corinth10. Carla M. Antonaccio: Elite mobility in the west11. Simon Hornblower: `Dolphins in the Sea' (Isthmian 9.7): Pindar and the Aiginetans12. Maria Stamatopoulou: Thessalian aristocracy and society in the age of epinikianIII13. Riet van Bremen: `The entire house is full of crowns': Hellenistic agones and the commemoration of victory14. Tony Spawforth: `Kapetoleia Olympia': Roman emperors and Greek agones15. Mary Douglas: Conclusion: the prestige of the games