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Pindar's Library: Performance Poetry and Material Texts

Tom Phillips

Abstract

The main focus of this book is on how readers during the Hellenistic period encountered these poems in book form. To this end, it analyses the role played by Pindar’s literary, cultic, and scholarly reception in affecting readers’ engagement with his poetry. But because consideration of the poems as material documents is connected to their roles as performance pieces, the book also examines the poet’s encomiastic techniques, mythical narratives, and paraenetic discourses against the background of the song culture of the fifth century. These chapters argue for an expanded notion of the poems’ a ... More

Keywords: Pindar, scholarly reception, Hellenistic culture, performance, books

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198745730
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745730.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Phillips, author
Junior Research Fellow in Classics, University of Oxford