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Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry
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Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry: Myth, History, and Identity in the Fifth Century BC

David Fearn

Abstract

Situated in the centre of the Saronic Gulf, the island of Aegina has long been recognized as a powerful force in the cultural, political, economic, and strategic history of fifth-century Greece. The island is well known as the original home of the magnificent Doric architecture and sculpture of the Temple of Aphaia and of many of the patrons of the epinician poets Pindar and Bacchylides; with a thriving maritime economy and an effective navy, Aegina was powerful enough to challenge the security and ambitions of its neighbour Athens, by whom it was reduced to a kleruchy at the start of the Pelo ... More

Keywords: Aegina, choral lyric poetry, Pindar, sculpture, myth, economics, aristocratic culture, aristocratic politics, historiography, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546510
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546510.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Fearn, editor
Assistant Professor in Greek Literature, University of Warwick
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