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.
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