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By Bruno Currie

ISBN-10: 0199586705

ISBN-13: 9780199586707

Pindar and the Cult of Heroes combines a research of Greek tradition and faith (hero cult) with a literary-critical examine of Pindar's epinician poetry. It appears at hero cult in general, yet focuses specifically on heroization within the fifth century B.C. . There are person chapters at the heroization of warfare lifeless, of athletes, and at the non secular remedy of the residing within the fifth century. Hero cult, Bruno Currie argues, may be expected, in numerous methods, in a person's lifetime. Epinician poetry too might be interpreted within the gentle of this cultural context; essentially, this style explores the patron's spiritual prestige. The ebook positive aspects broad reviews of Pindar's Pythians 2, three, five, Isthmian 7, and Nemean 7.

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5 Gf. ' On the relationship between Pindar and Homer, cf. Nisetich 1989; Nagy 1990^; Sotiriou 1998. 6 On Pindar's mythological debt to 'Homer', cf. Fitch 1924; Bowra 1964: 283; Mann 1994. 2 30 Some Themes in Hero Cult be led astray by exaggerating the pull which Homer had on Pindar. This is a problem which, as will presently be seen, surfaces in various issues pertaining to hero cult, perhaps the most pressing being the question of immortality in 'renown', /cAeos* (below, Chapter 6). g. 521). ScoAov).

2 P. 78a, 2 P. 161,2 JV. 73*),2 L 7-55b103 Accepted by Bundy 1962: 69-70 andn. 84; Young 19710: 30; Carey 1981:160—i; Frankel 1975: 475 n. 12; Slater 1971: 141; Bremer 1990: 48-9; Gentili in Gentili et al. 1995: 237—8. Gf. d'Alessio 1994: 130-1. g. Robbins 1997: 268-73; Pfeijffer 1999^: 540-2. 104 What authority Aristides could have for this statement is quite unclear. But we may note that Pindar's Olympian 9 opens with the picture of the victor leading off a chorus in a performance of Archilochus' rudimentary victory song (324 IEG immediately after winning at Olympia.

2P. i39a an 'Appendix' to the Maiden-songs. 115 116 See Barrett 1973. 2 P. 2 Inscr. 114 24 Introduction of Archaic and Classical poets, whose business was with performances, for a stipulated audience on a stipulated occasion. 118 Modern scholars have argued for an admixture of epinicians with hymns (0. 14), paeans (P. 5), dirges (0. 2, /. 2, /. 59-65), and didactic-gnomic poetry (P. 120 This division removes any ambiguity in the status of the epinician laudandus. Yet (this study contends) precisely this ambiguity may be a crucial factor in the understanding of this poetry.

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