Hellenistic Epinikion

TitleHellenistic Epinikion
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBarbantani, S
EditorCarey, C, Rawles, R, Agócs, P
Ancient AuthorsCallimachus Philol. (TLG 0533)
Book TitleReceiving the Komos: ancient and modern reception of the Victory Ode
Series TitleBulletin of the Istitute of Classical Studies Supplement 112
Pagination37-55
PublisherInstitute of Classical Studies
CityLondon
ISBN9781905670345
Abstract

With the notable exception of Callimachus' elegiac and iambic epinician experiments (Victoria Berenices, Victoria Sosibii, Iamb VIII), in the Hellenistic period the epigrammatic genre seems to be the true heir of the lyric victory ode, as clearly shown by the work of scholars such as Robert, Ebert and Moretti. The publication of P.Mil.Vogl. VIII 309 brought to us eightheen new agonistic epigrams, attributed to Podisippus; some others, mainly anonymous, are scattered through old and recently published epigram collections. Taking into consideration Callimachus' elegiac poems and agonistic and dedicatory epigrams, this work explores how the theme of victory (both athletic and military), which is at the core of the Hellenistic royal ideology, is presented in the Hellenistic epinician code, focusing in particular on the actualization of the archaic topos of the aggelia, and on the adaptation of the epinician kudos to royal women. It also discusses the relation between agonistic "epinician" epigrams, especially those in honor of Ptolemaic and Attalid dynasts, and the monumental representation of royal victory. [Silvia Barbantani]

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