Simon Hornblower argues for a relationship between Thucydides and Pindar not so far acknowledged in modern scholarship. He argues that ancient critics were right to detect stylistic similarities between these two great exponents of the "severe style" in prose and verse. In Part One he explores the background of epinikian poetry and athletics, the values shared by the two authors, and religion and colonization myths, and presents a geographically organized survey of Pindar's Mediterranean world, exploiting onomastic evidence. Part Two includes an analysis of Thucydides' account of the Olympic games of 420 BC; discussions of the four components of Thucydides' history in their relation to Pindar; statements of method, excursuses, speeches, and narrative, especially the Sicilian books; and a stylistic-literary comparison of Thucydides and Pindar.
...the accumulation of learned details is astounding and really casts a new light on both authors. Rosaria V. Munson, Journal of Hellenic Studies 126, Reviews of Books 171-2 No one has ever written a book like this before. No one but Simon Hornblower could write such a book now. TLS The results are exhilirating and breathless. The reader is dragged not only all over Pindar and Thucydides but also in and out of a great deal of modern scholarship, whose virtues and vices are gently pointed out along the way. TLS
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 15.44 x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.68