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Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry: Myth, History, and Identity in the Fifth Century BC

Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry: Myth, History, and Identity in the Fifth Century BC

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Edited by David Fearn

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 220mm x 34mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199546517
  • ISBN 13: 9780199546510
  • Illustrations note: 13 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,508,839

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This collection of essays by notable scholars from a variety of disciplines deals with different aspects of the history and culture of the Greek island of Aegina in the fifth century BC. The island is well known as the home of magnificent architecture and sculpture; as the patron of impressive lyric poetry composed by Pindar and his contemporaries; and, from the pages of Herodotus, as a significant trading power, and military threat to her great neighbour Athens. The book brings together experts on choral lyric poetry, myth, art-history, and historiography, with the aim of offering a broad view of the island's significance in some of the major trends in fifth-century Greek history and culture, and situating the island's patronage of some of the greatest Classical poets within broader cultural and historical frames.

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David Fearn is Assistant Professor in Greek LIterature, University of Warwick.

Table of contents

Introduction: Aegina in Contexts ; I. CONTEXTS FOR HEROIC MYTH-MAKING: ETHNICITY, INTERSTATE RELATIONS, CULT, AND COMMERCE ; 1. Asopos and his Multiple Daughters: Traces of Preclassical Epic in the Aeginetan Odes of Pindar ; 2. Rethinking the Sanctuary of Aphaia ; 3. 'The Thearion of the Pythian One': The Aeginetan Thearoi in Context ; 4. Musical Merchandise 'on every vessel': Religion and Trade on Aegina ; II. POETRY, PERFORMANCE, POLITICS ; 5. Aeginetan Epinician Culture: Naming, Ritual, and Politics ; 6. Aeginetan Odes, Reperformance, and Intertextuality ; III. INTERFACES BETWEEN POETRY, MYTH, AND ART ; 7. Giving Wings to the Aeginetan Sculptures: The Panhellenic Aspirations of Pindar's Eighth Olympian ; 8. Thebes, Aegina, and the Temple of Aphaia: A Reading of Pindar's Isthmian 6 ; 9. The Trojan War, Theoxenia, and Aegina in Pindar's Paean 6 and the Aphaia Sculptures ; IV. THE HISTORIOGRAPHICAL AFTERMATH ; 10. Herodotus on Aeginetan Identity ; 11. 'Lest the things done by men become exitela': Writing up Aegina in a Late Fifth-Century Context