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Thucydides and PindarHistorical Narrative and the World of Epinikian Poetry$
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Simon Hornblower

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249190

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249190.001.0001

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(p.373) Conclusion
Thucydides and Pindar

Simon Hornblower (Contributor Webpage)

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This concluding chapter argues that the ancient literary critics were right to see stylistic similarities between Pindar and Thucydides. Pindar's poetry, especially but not only his epinikian odes, was placed side by side with Thucydides' history to determine aspects of the latter. This has been done many times over for tragedy and epic, but not for epinikian poetry. And yet the important and pervasive aspect of contemporary Greek life which is described and celebrated by epinikian poetry features directly, if occasionally, in Thucydides' history in a way that the literal world described by Sophocles or Homer does not. It is therefore reasonable to suppose that the same competitive language and concepts should feature in both Pindar and Thucydides, and it has been shown that they do.

Keywords:   Thucydides, Pindar, poetry, Thucydides' history

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