The Odes

Paperback | December 16, 1982

byPindarTranslated byCecil M. BowraIntroduction byCecil M. Bowra

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'What Pindar catches is the joy beyond ordinary emotions as it transcends and transforms them' —C. M. Bowra

Arguably the greatest Greek lyric poet, Pindar (518-438 B.C.) was a controversial figure in fifth-century Greece—a conservative Boiotian aristocrat who studied in Athens and a writer on physical prowess whose interest in the Games was largely philosophical. Pindar's Epinician Odes—choral songs extolling victories in the Games at Olympia, Delphi, Nemea and Korinth—cover the whole spectrum of the Greek moral order, from earthly competition to fate and mythology. But in C. M. Bowra's clear translation his one central image stands out—the successful athlete transformed and transfigured by the power of the gods.

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Arguably the greatest /Greek lyric poet, Pindar (518-438 B. C.) was a controversial figure in fifth-century Greece-a conservative Boiotian aristocrat who studied in Athens and a writer on physical prowess whose interest in the Games was largely philosophical. Pindar's Epinician Odes-choral songs extolling victories in the Games at Olym...

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'What Pindar catches is the joy beyond ordinary emotions as it transcends and transforms them' —C. M. BowraArguably the greatest Greek lyric poet, Pindar (518-438 B.C.) was a controversial figure in fifth-century Greece—a conservative Boiotian aristocrat who studied in Athens and a writer on physical prowess whose interest in the Games...

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Arguably the greatest /Greek lyric poet, Pindar (518-438 B. C.) was a controversial figure in fifth-century Greece-a conservative Boiotian aristocrat who studied in Athens and a writer on physical prowess whose interest in the Games was largely philosophical. Pindar's Epinician Odes-choral songs extolling victories in the Games at Olym...

The Greek poet Pindar, a Boeotian aristocrat who wrote for aristocrats, lived at Thebes, studied at Athens, and stayed in Sicily at the court of Hieron at Syracuse. His epinicians, choral odes in honor of victors at athletic games, survive almost complete and are divided into four groups, depending upon whether they celebrate victory a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.66 × 5.07 × 0.55 inPublished:December 16, 1982Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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Table of Contents

The OdesPreface
Introduction
Main Events in the Games

Pythian X
Pythian VI
Pythian XII
Olympian XIV
Pythian VII
Nemean II
Nemean V
Isthmian VI
Isthmian V
Isthmian VIII
Isthmians III-IV
Olympian XI
Olympian I
Nemean I
Olympian III
Olympian II
Pythian IX
Pythian III
Nemean III
Olympian X
Nemean IV
Nemean IX
Olympian VI
Olympian XII
Pythian I

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Arguably the greatest /Greek lyric poet, Pindar (518-438 B. C.) was a controversial figure in fifth-century Greece-a conservative Boiotian aristocrat who studied in Athens and a writer on physical prowess whose interest in the Games was largely philosophical. Pindar's Epinician Odes-choral songs extolling victories in the Games at Olympia, Delphi, Nemea and Korinth cover the whole spectrum of the Greek moral order, from earthly competition to fate and mythology.