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ISBN-10: 014044209X

ISBN-13: 9780140442090

Edition: N/A

Authors: Pindar, Peter Pindar, C. Maurice Bowra, C. M. Bowra, Cecil M. Bowra

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List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 12/16/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

The Greek poet Pindar, a Boeotian aristocrat who wrote for aristocrats, lived at Thebes, studied at Athens, and stayed in Sicily at the court of Hieron at Syracuse. His epinicians, choral odes in honor of victors at athletic games, survive almost complete and are divided into four groups, depending upon whether they celebrate victory at the Olympian, Pythian, Nemean, or Isthmian games. Scholars surmise that these are representative of his other poetry, such as hymns, processional songs, and dirges, extant in fragments. The 44 surviving odes joyfully praise beautiful, brilliant athletes who are like the gods in their moment of triumph. Bold mythological metaphor, dazzling intricacy of…