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Thucydides and Pindar : historical narrative and the world of Epinikian poetry

Author: Simon Hornblower
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The thesis of this book is twofold. First, it argues for a relationship between the worlds described or presupposed by Thucydides in his History, and by Pindar, chiefly but not only in his 'epinikian' poetry - the odes he wrote for victors in the great games. Second, it argues that ancient literary critics were right to detect stylistic similarities between Thucydides and Pindar, the two great exponents of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Thucydides; Thucydides.; Thucydides; Pindar; Pindar; Thucydide; Thucydide.; Thucydide; Pindare; Pindare; Pindar.; Thukydides.; Thucydides.; Pindar.; Pindar.; Thucydides.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Hornblower
ISBN: 0199249199 9780199249190
OCLC Number: 56655274
Description: xv, 454 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Could Thucydides have known Pindar and did he? --
3. Content and outlook --
4. Religion, myths, women, colonization --
5. People, places, prosopography, and politics --
6. Introduction to part II --
7. clearest example of Thucydides Pindaricus : 5.49-50.4, the Olympic Games of 420 BC --
8. Statements of method; causation --
9. 'Antiquarian' excursuses --
10. Speeches --
11. Narrative --
12. Thucydides and Pindar : a stylistic comparison.
Responsibility: Simon Hornblower.
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Thucydides was one of the greatest of the ancient Greek historians and Pindar one of the greatest Greek poets, specializing in celebratory odes for victors in the great games - above all at Olympia.  Read more...

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