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Pindar's songs for young athletes of Aigina

Author: Anne Pippin Burnett
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Of the forty-six surviving victory odes of Pindar, eleven give praise to athletes from the island of Aigina in the Saronic Gulf. This book offers studies of those eleven songs, preceded by a brief survey of the island's history, a sketch of its peculiar aristocracy, and a description of the sculptural programme of its early fifth-century temple of Aphaia--because the author's concentration is always upon effects  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anthologie
Kommentar
Named Person: Pindar; Pindare; Pindarus.; Pindarus; Pindarus
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Pippin Burnett
ISBN: 019927794X 9780199277940
OCLC Number: 58050227
Description: x, 276 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part I. The audience --
Aigina and the Aiakids --
The pediments of the Aphaia Temple --
Contest and coming of age --
Part II. The performances --
Neamen 5 : Peleus' wedding song --
Isthmian 6 : the engendering of Ajax --
Isthmian 5 : Achilles and Telephos --
Isthmian 8 : a monster avoided --
Nemean 4 : wrestling with a form-changer --
Nemean 3 : the education of Achilles --
Nemean 6 : athletes as heroes --
Nemean 8 : slander and praise --
Nemean 7 : Neoptolemos at Delphi --
Olympian 8 : Aiakos at the wall of Troy --
Pythian 8 : a phantom's dream --
Afternote : the audience as participant.
Responsibility: Anne Pippin Burnett.
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This book consists of individual studies of the poet Pindar's eleven odes for the victors of the athletic contests on the island of Aigina. Anne Pippin Burnett addresses questions of mythic  Read more...

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this book is useful and interesting, and likely to stimulate thinking both on the Aeginetan odes themselves and on groups of interrelated Pindaric odes more broadly. A.D. Morrison, The Classical Read more...

 
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