PT. 1. the Epic and Lyric Poets [With an Appendix on Homer by Prof. Sayce

PT. 1. the Epic and Lyric Poets [With an Appendix on Homer by Prof. Sayce

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... the harbour. Though describing a curious augury with chariots at Onchestus (vv. 5 3, sq.), and therefore familiar with one form of horse-racing, the poet represents Delphusa as dissuading Apollo from settling near her fountain because the sound of horses and chariots would disturb him. The Germans infer that this must have been written before the time when the Amphictyons, immediately after the sacred war (590 B.c.), established chariot races at the Pythian games. This seems to me founded on a mistake, for these contests were not carried on at Delphi, which is quite inaccessible to chariots, and where the stadium is far too small for such races, but at a special hippodrome in the plain below, which Pausanias specially mentions, ' so that it may always have been held that the god chose his remote and Alpine retreat in order to avoid such disturbance. The priests are told prophetically, at the close of the poem, that through their own fault they will become subject to a strange power, and this again is supposed to point to the events of the sacred war. But there is no certainty in these conjectures. Both this and the former poem seem to have been considerably interpolated, as for example with the episode " of the birth of Typhon, which is quite in the manner of the T/zeogony of Hesiod. Other small inconsistencies may rather be ascribed to nah/ete and want of critical spirit than to a diversity of poets. As the Delian hymn was intended for recitation at Delos, so the Pythian is clearly intended for some such purpose at Delphi, and seems not far removed in date from its forerunner. But as the Pythian contests were with the lyre, a Hesiodic poet could hardly have competed unless he abandoned his old custom of reciting without...
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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236958632
  • 9781236958631