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First-Person Fictions: Pindar's Poetic I

First-Person Fictions: Pindar's Poetic I

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Who is the "I" in the odes of the celebrated ancient Greek poet Pindar? This collection of essays proposes a controversial answer: Pindar speaks for himself and the odes were sung as solos rather than by a chorus, as had been supposed in later Antiquity.
The first person in Pindar; the influential fictions in the Scholia to Pindar's "Pythian" 8; Pindar's lives; the poet as hero; autobiographical fiction in Pindar; the Pindar Scholia; the poet as athlete; Pindar's "Pythian" 5; who sang Pindar's victory odes?.
This collection of essays, written over a period of almost thirty years, deals with one problem: who is the `I' in the odes of the most celebrated ancient Greek poet, Pindar? Since antiquity, the complex and allusive language of the first-person statements has provoked many different answers. Professor Lefkowitz describes the function and nature of Pindar's `I'-statements and proposes a controversial solution that would cause some histories of Greek literature tobe rewritten. Rather than accept the view that the identity of the speaker could be subject to instant and unannounced change, she proposes that the voice of the victory odes is the poet himself, in his most professional persona. Professor Lefkowitz also refutes the traditional belief that the odes
were sung by a chorus. She shows that in most, if not all cases, they were sung as solos and that Pindar was continuing the tradition established by the Homeric bards.

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Autor: Mary Lefkowitz
ISBN-13: 9780198146865
ISBN: 0198146868
Einband: Buch
Seiten: 240
Gewicht: 454 g
Format: 216x140x18 mm
Sprache: Englisch

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Autor: Mary Lefkowitz
ISBN-13:: 9780198146865
ISBN: 0198146868
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.08.1991
Verlag: OXFORD UNIV PR
Gewicht: 454g
Seiten: 240
Sprache: Englisch
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Sonstiges: Buch, 216x140x18 mm