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

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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 ...
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Overview

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 which includes sections on Pindar's life and on his thought, language and style, but which pays particular attention to the genre of the victory ode and its conventions.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521430555
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/1995
  • Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics Series
  • Pages: 189
  • Product dimensions: 4.84 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Greek lyric poetry 1
2 Pindar's life and works 1
3 The games 4
4 The victors 10
5 The genre 12
6 Pindar's thought 15
7 Pindar's style 20
8 Pindar's language 22
9 Metrical form 24
10 The text and scholia 26
Pindar: Victory Odes 31
The Eleventh Olympian 33
The Seventh Isthmian 34
The Fourth Isthmian 36
The Third Isthmian 39
The Fourth Nemean 40
The Seventh Olympian 44
The Second Olympian 49
Commentary 55
Appendix A: Homer, Iliad 2.653-70 167
Appendix B: Homer, Odyssey 4.561-9; Hesiod, Works and Days 166-73a; Pindar, frs. 129, 130, 133 169
Bibliography 175
Indexes 179
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