Thucydides and Pindar: Historical Narrative and the World of Epinikian Poetry

Thucydides and Pindar: Historical Narrative and the World of Epinikian Poetry


By (author) Simon Hornblower

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 214mm x 28mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199298289
  • ISBN 13: 9780199298280
  • Illustrations note: 3 halftones, 1 map
  • Sales rank: 1,609,674

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Simon Hornblower argues for a relationship between Thucydides and Pindar not so far acknowledged in modern scholarship. He argues that ancient critics were right to detect stylistic similarities between these two great exponents of the 'severe style' in prose and verse. In Part One he explores the background of epinikian poetry and athletics, the values shared by the two authors, and religion and colonization myths, and presents a geographically organized survey of Pindar's Mediterranean world, exploiting onomastic evidence. Part Two includes an analysis of Thucydides' account of the Olympic games of 420 BC; discussions of the four components of Thucydides' history in their relation to Pindar; statements of method, excursuses, speeches, and narrative, especially the Sicilian books; and a stylistic-literary comparison of Thucydides and Pindar.

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Simon Hornblower is Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University College London.

Review quote

Review from previous edition No one has ever written a book like this before. No one but Simon Hornblower could write such a book now. TLS The results are exhilarating and breathless. The reader is dragged not only all over Pindar and Thucydides but also in and out of a great deal of modern scholarship, whose virtues and vices are gently pointed out along the way. TLS

Table of contents

I. SHARED WORLDS ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Could Thucydides have known Pindar, and did he? ; 3. Content and outlook ; 4. Myths, religion, women, colonization ; 5. People, places, prosopography, and politics ; II. THUCYDIDES PINDARICUS ; 6. Introduction to Part II ; 7. The clearest example of Thucydides Pindaricus: 5.49-50, the Olympic Games of 420 BC ; 8. Statements of method; causation ; 9. 'Antiquarian' excursions ; 10. Speeches ; 11. Narrative ; 12. Thucydides and Pindar: a stylistic comparison ; Conclusion