Thucydides and Pindar: Historical Narrative and the World of Epinikian Poetry

Paperback | April 26, 2006

bySimon Hornblower

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Simon Hornblower argues for a relationship between Thucydides and Pindar not so far acknowledged in modern scholarship. He argues that ancient critics were right to detect stylistic similarities between these two great exponents of the `severe style' in prose and verse. In Part One he exploresthe background of epinikian poetry and athletics, the values shared by the two authors, and religion and colonization myths, and presents a geographically organized survey of Pindar's Mediterranean world, exploiting onomastic evidence. Part Two includes an analysis of Thucydides' account of theOlympic games of 420 BC; discussions of the four components of Thucydides' history in their relation to Pindar; statements of method, excursuses, speeches, and narrative, especially the Sicilian books; and a stylistic-literary comparison of Thucydides and Pindar.

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Simon Hornblower argues for a relationship between Thucydides and Pindar not so far acknowledged in modern scholarship. He argues that ancient critics were right to detect stylistic similarities between these two great exponents of the `severe style' in prose and verse. In Part One he exploresthe background of epinikian poetry and athl...

Simon Hornblower is Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.08 inPublished:April 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199298289

ISBN - 13:9780199298280

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Table of Contents

I. Shared worlds1. Introduction2. Could Thucydides have known Pindar, and did he?3. Content and outlook4. Myths, religion, women, colonization5. People, places, prosopography, and politicsII. Thucydides Pindaricus6. Introduction to Part II7. The clearest example of Thucydides Pindaricus: 5.49-50, the Olympic Games of 420 BC8. Statements of method; causation9. `Antiquarian' excursions10. Speeches11. Narrative12. Thucydides and Pindar: a stylistic comparisonConclusion

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`The results are exhilarating and breathless. The reader is dragged not only all over Pindar and Thucydides but also in and out of a great deal of modern scholarship, whose virtues and vices are gently pointed out along the way.'TLS