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Pindar and the cult of heroes

Author: Bruno Currie
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Series: Oxford classical monographs.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With a distinctive double focus on cultural history and literary criticism, this book challenges received opinion on both the cult of men in ancient Greece and the interpretation of Pindar's odes. As well as offering a new look at the genre of the victory ode, the book interprets five odes in detail, combining historicist, formalist, and philological perspectives. It constitutes a major contribution to the study of  Read more...
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Named Person: Pindar; Pindar; Pindare; Pindare; Pindarus.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruno Currie
ISBN: 0199277249 9780199277247
OCLC Number: 61704860
Description: xiv, 487 p. : ill., plans ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Pt. I. Some themes in hero cult; Homer and Pindar --
2. Views of death --
3. Mortality and immortality --
4. Hero cult --
5. Uses of the word heros --
6. Immortality in renown : kleos --
Pt. II. Heroization in the fifth century B.C. --
7. Heroization of the war dead --
8. Heroization of athletes --
9. Theios aner. : religious attitudes to the living in the fifth century --
Pt. III. Five odes of Pindar --
10. Isthmian 7 : Pankration victor and war dead --
11. Pythian 5 : the king and his royal forebears --
12. Pythian 2 : Locrian saviour and Cyprian hero --
13. Nemean 7 : boy pentathlete and Delphian hero --
14. Pythian 3 : fire and immortality --
15. Epilogue.
Series Title: Oxford classical monographs.
Responsibility: Bruno Currie.
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Taking a different look at the veneration and cult of heroic men, living and dead, in ancient Greece, this book finds the roots of the Hellenistic ruler cult, and hence Roman emperor cult, in the 5th  Read more...

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valuable and challenging book Kathryn Morgan, Hermathena In this stimulating first book, Bruno Currie presents a well-defined, well-informed and not uncontroversial study. Deborah Boedeker, Journal Read more...

 
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