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Pindar: Victory Odes

Pindar: Victory Odes
Olympians 2, 7 and 11; Nemean 4; Isthmians 3, 4 and 7

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  • Date Published: May 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521436366

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  • The Greek lyric poet Pindar is renowned for his poems celebrating the victories of athletes in the great games of Greece at Olympia, Delphi (the Pythian Games), Corinth (the Isthmian Games) and Nemea. Pindar's victory odes have the reputation of being complex and allusive in their language and reference. In this much-needed commentary on seven of the extant odes, Professor Willcock aims to open up Pindar's poetry to a wider readership by starting with a short and straightforward poem and progressing by level of difficulty to one of the greatest. The book begins with an introduction that includes sections on Pindar's life and on his thought, language and style, but that pays particular attention to the genre of the victory ode and its conventions.

    • Only available commentary on Pindar at this level
    • Will make possible the reading of the very difficult poet Pindar in undergraduate and graduate course
    • Extensive treatment in the introduction of the conventions of the genre of odes celebrating victories in games
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    • Date Published: May 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521436366
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 204 x 128 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.22kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Greek lyric poetry
    2. Pindar's life and works
    3. The games
    4. The victors
    5. The genre
    6. Pindar's thought
    7. Pindar's style
    8. Pindar's language
    9. Metrical form
    10. The text and scholia
    Pindar: Victory Odes: The Eleventh Olympian
    The Seventh Isthmian
    The Fourth Isthmian
    The Third Isthmian
    The Fourth Nemean
    The Seventh Olympian
    The Second Olympian
    Commentary
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Indexes.

  • Author

    Pindar

    Editor

    Malcolm M. Willcock, University College London

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