Pindar and the Cult of Heroes by Bruno Currie
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Pindar and the Cult of Heroes
By Bruno Currie

Pindar and the Cult of Heroes

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Pindar and the Cult of Heroes by Bruno Currie

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Pindar and the Cult of Heroes combines a study of Greek culture and religion (hero cult) with a literary-critical study of Pindar's epinician poetry. It looks at hero cult generally, but focuses especially on heroization in the 5th century BC. There are individual chapters on the heroization of war dead, of athletes, and on the religious treatment of the living in the 5th century. Hero cult, Bruno Currie argues, could be anticipated, in different ways, in a person's lifetime. Epinician poetry too should be interpreted in the light of this cultural context; fundamentally, this genre explores the patron's religious status. The book features extensive studies of Pindar's Pythians 2, 3, 5, Isthmian 7, and Nemean 7.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199277247
ISBN-10: 0199277249
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 146mm x 33mm)
Pages: 504
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Homer's Allusive Art argues for a new understanding of Homeric allusion and its place in literary history through a series of interlocking case studies, exploring whether there can have been historical continuity in a poetics of allusion stretching from the Mesopotamian epic of Gilgamesh through to the Aeneid and Metamorphoses.

Pindar and the Cult of Heroes by Bruno Currie Pindar and the Cult of Heroes, Paperback (April 2010)

A radical new appraisal of the veneration and cult of heroic men, living and dead, in ancient Greece. Bruno Currie finds the roots of the Hellenistic ruler cult, and hence Roman emperor cult, in the 5th century BC (and earlier), and identifies Pindar's victory odes as a crucial stage in this process.

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Author Biography - Bruno Currie

Bruno Currie is Fellow and Tutor in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature, Oriel College, Oxford University.

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