Reading the Victory Ode

TitleReading the Victory Ode
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
EditorAgócs, P, Carey, C, Rawles, R
Ancient AuthorsIbycus Lyr. (TLG 0293), Simonides Lyr. (TLG 0261), Pindarus Lyr. (TLG 0033), Bacchylides Lyr. (TLG 0199)
Number of Pages444 pp.
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge
ISBN9781107007871
Abstract

The victory ode was a short-lived poetic genre in the fifth century BC, but its impact has been substantial. Pindar, Bacchylides and others are now among the most widely read Greek authors precisely because of their significance for the literary development of poetry between Homer and tragedy and their historical involvement in promoting Greek rulers. Their influence was so great that it ultimately helped to define the European notion of lyric from the Renaissance onwards. This collection of essays by international experts examines the victory ode from a range of angles: its genesis and evolution, the nature of the commissioning process, the patrons, context of performance and re-performance, and the poetics of the victory ode and its exponents. From these different perspectives the contributors offer both a panoramic view of the genre and an insight into the modern research positions on this complex and fascinating subject. [http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item6633776/?site_locale=en_GB]

Review(s)

BMCR 2014.07.15 Maria Cannatà Fera

Table of Contents

Part I. The Lost History of Epinician:
1. Early Epinician: Ibycus and Simonides Richard Rawles
2. The lost Isthmian Odes of Pindar Giovan Battista D'Alessio
3. Epinician sounds: Pindar and musical innovation Lucia Prauscello
4. Pindar and his patrons Ewen Bowie
5. What happened later to the families of Pindaric patrons – and to Epinician poetry? Simon Hornblower

Part II. Contexts of Performance and Re-Performance:
6. Performance, re-performance, and Pindar's audiences A. D. Morrison
7. Performance and re-performance: the Siphnian treasury evoked Lucia Athanassaki
8. Representations of cult in Epinician poetry Franco Ferrari
9. Epinician and the Symposion: a comparison with the Enkomia Felix Budelmann
10. Performance and genre: reading Pindar's ΚΩΜΟΙ Peter Agócs
11. Pindar's 'difficulty' and the performance of Epinician poetry: some suggestions from ethnography Rosalind Thomas

Part III. Critical Approaches to the Victory Ode: Rhetoric, Imagery, and Narrative:
12. Poet and public: communicative strategies in Pindar and Bacchylides Glenn W. Most
13. Image and world in Epinician poetry G. O. Hutchinson
14. Metaphorical travel and ritual performance in Epinician poetry Claude Calame
15. Bacchylidean myths David Fearn
16. Reading Pindar Michael Silk

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