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Pindar's Homer : The Lyric Possession of An Epic Past - Gregory Nagy

Pindar's Homer

The Lyric Possession of An Epic Past

Paperback Published: 19th March 1994
ISBN: 9780801848476
Number Of Pages: 414
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Nagy challenges the widely held view that the development of lyric poetry in Greece represents the rise of individual innovation over collective tradition. Arguing that Greek lyric represents a tradition in its own right, Nagy shows how the form of Greek epic is in fact a differentiation of forms found in Greek lyric. Throughout, he progressively broadens the definition of lyric to the point where it becomes the basis for defining epic, rather than the other way around.

An original and substantial contribution. This is Nagy at his best, in full control of the primary and secondary material, helping us see it in a new and revealing light. Michael N. Nagler, University of California, Berkeley A fascinating book by a bold and learned scholar, displaying an impressive breadth of knowledge, interest, and reading... One admires the way Nagy gathers together strands of information usually examined in isolation and spins them into a coherent and persuasively presented argument. American Journal of Philology

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: A Word on Assumptions, Methods, and Aimsp. 1
Oral Poetry and Ancient Greek Poetry: Broadening and Narrowing the Termsp. 17
The Poetics of Panhellenism and the Enigma of Authorship in Early Greecep. 52
The Panhellenization of Songp. 82
Pindar's Olympian 1 and the Aetiology of the Olympic Gamesp. 116
The Ordeal of the Athlete and the Burden of the Poetp. 136
Epic, Praise, and the Possession of Poetryp. 146
Pindar and Homer, Athlete and Herop. 199
The Authoritative Speech of Prose, Poetry, and Song: Pindar and Herodotus Ip. 215
The Authority of Historia and the Sign of the Herop. 250
The Charms of Tyranny: Pindar and Herodotus IIp. 274
The Ainos as Song or Speech: Pindar and Herodotus IIIp. 314
Authority and Authorship in the Lyric Traditionp. 339
The Genesis of Athenian State Theater and the Survival of Pindar's Poetryp. 382
Pindar's Homerp. 414
Appendix: A Comparative Survey of Pindar's Metersp. 439
Bibliographyp. 465
Indexp. 495
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ISBN: 9780801848476
ISBN-10: 0801848474
Series: Softshell Bks.
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 414
Published: 19th March 1994
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.81