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The Poetics of Victory in the Greek West: Epinician, Oral Tradition, and the Deinomenid Empire

Nigel Nicholson

Abstract

This book examines the relationship between epinician and the heroizing narratives about athletes, or “hero-athlete narratives,” that circulated orally in Sicily and Italy in the late archaic and early classical period. Drawing on the colorful stories told about athletes in later sources, the fragments of Simonides, and the surviving odes of Pindar and Bacchylides, it argues that epinician was formed in opposition to orally transmitted narratives and that these two forms—epinician and the “hero-athlete narrative”—promoted opposed political visions, with epinician supporting the Deinomenid empi ... More

Keywords: epinician, athletics, Deinomenid, Pindar, Bacchylides, Simonides, Hieron, Sicily, Greek West, orally transmitted narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190209094
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190209094.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nigel Nicholson, author