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Pindar's Songs for Young Athletes of Aigina$
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Anne Pippin Burnett

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277940.001.0001

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1. Aigina and the Aiakids

1. Aigina and the Aiakids

(p.13) 1. Aigina and the Aiakids
Pindar's Songs for Young Athletes of Aigina

Anne Pippin Burnett

Oxford University Press

Pindar's Aiginetan odes were made for the commercial aristocracy of a small, civilised, and very rich island. The commercial success of Aigina attracted the interest of Argos and Epidauros, and for about a century the sea-going lords of Aigina supplied ships and probably tribute to one or the other of the older mainland powers. The storytellers of Aigina began very early to patch together a mythic cloak, a combination of borrowed Aiakid traditions with basic local legend, which should lend a distinguishing identity to the island lords. Pindar described the time he imagined the island encircled with Aiakid powers ready to hear its songs. This chapter looks at the legend involving Aiakos, Peleus, Phokos, Ajax, and Telamon, among other characters in Pindar's odes.

Keywords:   Pindar, Aigina, odes, Aiakids, Aiakos, legend, aristocracy, lords, Ajax, songs

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