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Pindar's Library : Performance Poetry and Material Texts

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Pindar's Library is the first volume to explore how readers during the Hellenistic period encountered Pindar's poetry in book form, analysing in detail the role played by Pindar's literary, cultic, and scholarly reception in affecting readers' engagement with his epinician odes. The volume examines the poet's literary devices of encomiastic techniques, mythical narratives, and paraenetic discourses against the background of the song culture of the fifth
century, considering the poems as both material documents and performance pieces. With a particular focus on the poems that begin and end the Olympian and Pythian books, the volume considers the continuities between reading and attending performances, highlighting elements of readers' experiences distinctive to
Hellenistic culture. It also investigates the issue of quotations of poets in ancient commentaries, and how such citations influenced readers' understanding of intertextual relationships. Throughout the volume, the relations between Pindar's epinicians and the contextual factors that influence their reception are seen in dialogic terms: as well as exerting a powerful influence over subsequent literature, the poems are also recontextualized in ways that shift and extend their cultural
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Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 146 x 222 x 25mm | 528g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198745737
  • 9780198745730
  • 1,980,353

Table of contents

PART I: CONTEXTS: TO ALEXANDRIA AND BEYOND ; PART II: SINGING PAGES
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Pindar's Library is an unusual and ambitious book, experimental in its method and well-grounded in philological detail... Classicists who are interested in the longue durée of Greek literary history and in Pindar's afterlife will find the book stimulating and thought-provoking. Boris Maslov, University of Chicago , CJ-Online
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Pindar's Library is an unusual and ambitious book, experimental in its method and well-grounded in philological detail... Classicists who are interested in the longue duree of Greek literary history and in Pindar's afterlife will find the book stimulating and thought-provoking. * Boris Maslov, University of Chicago , CJ-Online *
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About Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips is Junior Research Fellow in Classics at Merton College, the University of Oxford.
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