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By Kathryn A. Morgan

ISBN-10: 0199366853

ISBN-13: 9780199366859

This groundbreaking e-book makes an attempt a completely contextualized examining of the poetry written via Pindar for Hieron of Syracuse within the 470s BC. It argues that the victory odes and different occasional songs composed through Pindar for the Sicilian tyrant have been a part of an in depth cultural application that incorporated athletic festival, coinage, structure, sanctuary commitment, urban beginning, and lots more and plenty extra. within the tumultuous years following the Persian invasion of Greece in 480, elite Greek leaders and their towns struggled to capitalize at the Greek victory and to outline themselves as loose peoples who triumphed over the specter of Persian monarchy. Pindar's victory odes are an immense contribution to Hieron's objective of panhellenic pre-eminence, redescribing modern tyranny as an instantiation of golden-age kingship and consonant with most sensible Greek culture. In a fragile technique of cultural legitimation, the poet's compliment deploys athletic victories as a symptoms of extra common preeminence. 3 preliminary chapters set the degree by means of offering the historical past and tradition of Syracuse below the Deinomenid tyrants, exploring problems with functionality and patronage, and juxtaposing Hieron to rival Greek leaders at the mainland. next chapters learn in flip all Pindar's preserved poetry for Hieron and contributors of his court docket, and contextualizes this poetry through evaluating it to the songs written for Hieron by way of Pindar's poetic modern, Bacchylides. those odes strengthen a particularly "tyrannical" mythology during which a hero from the earlier enjoys strange closeness with the gods, simply to carry damage on him or herself through failing to regulate this closeness competently. Such destructive exemplars counterbalance Hieron's luck and current the hazards opposed to which he needs to (and does) defend himself by means of regal advantage. The readings that emerge are marked via remarkable integration of literary interpretation with the political/historical context.

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This groundbreaking publication makes an attempt an absolutely contextualized studying of the poetry written via Pindar for Hieron of Syracuse within the 470s BC. It argues that the victory odes and different occasional songs composed by way of Pindar for the Sicilian tyrant have been a part of an intensive cultural application that integrated athletic pageant, coinage, structure, sanctuary commitment, urban origin, and masses extra.

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