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BacchylidesPolitics, Performance, Poetic Tradition$
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David Fearn

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199215508

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215508.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.338) Conclusion
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Bacchylides
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DAVID FEARN

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215508.003.0007

This chapter presents a synthesis of discussions in the preceding chapters. It argues that classical scholarship has generally sought to evaluate Bacchylides negatively by placing him side by side with Pindar and aestheticizing the poetry and separating it from the contexts in which it was originally commissioned. It is not that value-judgements on the relative merits of the two poets are impossible, unnecessary, or embarrassing. But it is necessary to bring to light and thus to reframe the social situations in which value judgements relating to poetry and literary canons are made throughout their history, and thus to have an awareness of the background to one's own cultural and theoretical position.

Keywords:   Bacchylides, lyric poetry, Greek poetry, Pindar

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