Pindar's Homer: The Lyric Possession of an Epic Past

Pindar's Homer: The Lyric Possession of an Epic Past


By (author) Gregory Nagy

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  • Format: Paperback | 540 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 224mm x 41mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 19 March 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801848474
  • ISBN 13: 9780801848476
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,730,432

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Nagy challenges the widely held view that the development of lyric poetry in Greece represents the rise of individual innovation over collective tradition. Arguing that Greek lyric represents a tradition in its own right, Nagy shows how the form of Greek epic is in fact a differentiation of forms found in Greek lyric. (Criticism)

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An original and substantial contribution. This is Nagy at his best, in full control of the primary and secondary material, helping us see it in a new and revealing light. Michael N. Nagler, University of California, Berkeley "A fascinating book by a bold and learned scholar, displaying an impressive breadth of knowledge, interest, and reading... One admires the way Nagy gathers together strands of information usually examined in isolation and spins them into a coherent and persuasively presented argument. American Journal of Philology