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Ancient sport made a huge if indirect contribution to the literature of ancient Greece, since some sixty poems by Pindar and Bacchylides ("epinikian odes"), written to commemorate victories, survive from the Classical period. This book is a collection of essays about that literature, and about the social and physical context for which it was written. The editors assembled an internationally distinguished team of speakers for the original 2002 seminar series held in London, and these papers form the backbone of the book. But to ensure coherence and comprehensive coverage, they have commissioned three further papers, and have themselves written a long thematic Introduction. The result is a stellar team of authors, and a book which looks at an important literary phenomenon in light of the latest archaeological and sociological insights, as well as evaluating the poetry both as poetry and as a performance genre with distinctive characteristics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199296729
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Hornblower is Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University College London. Catherine Morgan is Professor of Classical Archaeology, King's College London.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors     vii
List of Illustrations     ix
Abbreviations     xiii
Map: The Mediterranean World of Pindar     xv
Introduction   Simon Hornblower   Catherine Morgan     1
Part 1     45
The Origins of the Festivals, especially Delphi and the Pythia   John Davies     47
Origins of the Olympics   Stephen Instone     71
Pindar, Athletes, and the Early Greek Statue Habit   R. R. R. Smith     83
Fame, Memorial, and Choral Poetry: The Origins of Epinikian Poetry-an Historical Study   Rosalind Thomas     141
Epinikian Eidography   N. J. Lowe     167
Pindar's Poetry as Poetry: A Literary Commentary on Olympian 12   Michael Silk     177
Pindar, Place, and Performance   Christopher Carey     199
Part 2     211
Debating Patronage: The Cases of Argos and Corinth   Catherine Morgan     213
Elite Mobility in the West   Carla M. Antonaccio     265
'Dolphins in the Sea' (Isthmian 9.7): Pindar and the Aeginetans   Simon Hornblower     287
Thessalian Aristocracy and Society in the Age of Epinikian   Maria Stamatopoulou     309
Part 3     343
The Entire House is Full of Crowns: Hellenistic Agones and the Commemoration of Victory   Riet van Bremen     345
'Kapetoleia Olympia': Roman Emperors and Greek Agones   Tony Spawforth     377
Conclusion: The Prestige of the Games   Mary Douglas     391
Bibliography     409
Index locorum     447
General Index     461
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