Pindars Songs for Young Athletes of Aigina

Hardcover | October 19, 2005

byAnne Pippin Burnett

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This book consists of individual studies of Pindar's eleven odes for Aiginetan victors, preceded by a brief survey of the history of the island and the nature of its aristocracy. Anne Pippin Burnett's discussion is particularly attentive to questions of mythic self-presentation, as exemplifiedin the pedimental sculptures of the Aphaia Temple and the parallel `narrative' sections of the odes. The overall concern is with Pindaric techniques for unifying an audience and leading it into a shared experience of inspired success, but there is also a concern with the realities of athleticcontest and its celebration.

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This book consists of individual studies of Pindar's eleven odes for Aiginetan victors, preceded by a brief survey of the history of the island and the nature of its aristocracy. Anne Pippin Burnett's discussion is particularly attentive to questions of mythic self-presentation, as exemplifiedin the pedimental sculptures of the Aphaia ...

Anne Pippin Burnett was formerly Professor Emerita, Classics, University of Chicago.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.81 inPublished:October 19, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019927794X

ISBN - 13:9780199277940

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Table of Contents

I. The Audience1. Aiginetans and Aiakids2. The Pediments of the Aphaia Temple3. Contest and Coming of AgeII. The Performances4. Nemean Five. Peleus' Wedding Song5. Isthmian Six. Engendering Ajax6. Isthmian Five. Achilles and Telephos7. Isthmian Eight. A Monster Avoided8. Nemean Four. Wrestling with a Form-Changer9. Nemean Three. The Education of Achilles10. Nemean Six. Athletes as Heroes11. Nemean Eight. Slander and Praise12. Nemean Seven. Neoptolemos at Delphi13. Olympian Eight. Snakes at the Walls of Troy14. Pythian Eight. A Phantom's Dream15. Afternote: The Audience Again