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Pindar and the Poetics of Permanence (Henry Spelman) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198821274
Pindar and the Poetics of Permanence (Henry Spelman) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198821274
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Title: Pindar and the Poetics of Permanence

Author: Spelman, Henry

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2018

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198821274

Volumes: 1; Pages: 384

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Recent scholarship on early Greek lyric has been primarily concerned with the immediate contexts of its first performance. This volume instead turns its attention to the rhetoric and realities of poetic permanence. Taking Pindar and archaic Greek literary culture as its focus, it offers a new reading of Pindar's victory odes which explores not only how they were received by those who first experienced them, but also what they can mean to later audiences. Part One of the discussion investigates Pindar's relationship to both of these audiences, demonstrating how his epinicia address the listeners present at their premiere performance and also a broader secondary audience across space and time. It argues that a full appreciation of these texts involves taking both perspectives into account. Part Two describes how Pindar engages with a wide variety of other poetry, particularly earlier lyric, in order to situate his work both within an immanent poetic history and a contemporary poetic culture. It shows how Pindar's vision of the world shaped the meaning of his work and illuminates the context within which he anticipated its permanence. The book offers new insights into the texts themselves and invites us to rethink early Greek poetic culture through a combination of historical and literary perspectives.

Table of Contents


Note on Translations and Conventions

List of Abbreviations


Part One: Pindar's Audiences

Introduction to Part One

I. Secondary Audiences

I.1. Knowledge of first performance

I.2. Knowledge of external realities

I.2.A. Public matters

I.2.B. Individual circumstances

I.2.C. Mythology

I.3. Difficult pleasures

I.4. Orality and writing

II. Vital Light in Isthmian 4

III. Event and Artefact: From Performance to Permanence

III.1. Isthmian 2.43 8

III.2. Olympian 10.91 6

III.3. Bacchylides 13.220 31

III.4. Pindar fr. 52o

III.5. Nemean 3.76 84

III.6. Bacchylides 3.90 8

III.7. Conclusions

IV. The Poetics of Permanence

IV.1. Time travel and tradition: Pythian 1

IV.2. The victor's perspective: Nemean 4

IV.3. Epinician lessons: Pythian 6

IV.4. Epic analogues: Pythian 3

IV.5. Epigrammatic interactions: Nemean 5

IV.6. Interwoven perspectives: Nemean 7 and Paean 6

V. Genre and Tradition

V.1. Genre

V.1.A. Occasions and audiences in cultic poetry

V.1.B. Permanence outside epinician

V.1.B.i. Paean 7b

V.1.B.ii. Dithyramb 2 (fr. 70b)

V.1.C. Conclusions: rhetoric and reality

V.2. Tradition

V.2.A. Alcman and Stesichorus

V.2.B. Alcaeus and Sappho

V.2.C. Ibycus and Anacreon

V.2.D. Common considerations

V.2.E. Conclusions: development and continuity

V.3. Coda

Part Two: Pindar and the Traditions of Lyric

Introduction to Part Two

VI. The Epinician Past

VI.1. Epinician origins in history: athletics, Ibycus, Simonides

VI.2. Epinician origins in epinician: from revel to literature

VI.2.A. Nemean 8

VI.2.B. Olympian 10

VI.3. The flowers of new poems: Olympian 9

VII. The Epinician Present

VII.1. Generic references

VII.2. The poet's career

VII.3. Patrons and communities

VII.4. Other eulogists

VII.5. Epinician revels

VII.6. Nemean 6

VII.7. Conclusions

VIII. The Lyric Past

VIII.1. Lyric history

VIII.2. Generic enrichment

VIII.2.A. Pythian 2

VIII.2.B. Pythian 1

VIII.2.C. Isthmian 2

VIII.3. Conclusions




1. Texts

2. Works cited


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