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Pindar

Mary R. Lefkowitz

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online December 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0043
Pindar

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Pindar has been admired since antiquity for the dramatic brilliance of his poetry. Of the various genres in which he wrote, only the odes that he wrote in honor of victors in the Greek games have come down to us as complete poems; his other works survive only in fragments. The victory odes (epinikia) display an extraordinary ability to draw from earlier myth the details that would confer lasting meaning on the specific occasions that he had been called to celebrate. Although his extended narratives can be relatively easy to follow, Pindar has acquired a reputation for difficulty because of the dazzling speed with which he moves from topic to topic, as well as the complex metrical forms in which he composed his poetry.

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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