Pindar and the Cult of Heroes
By (author) Bruno Currie
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Pindar and the Cult of Heroes by Bruno Currie
Book DescriptionPindar 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 DetailsISBN: 9780199277247
(224mm x 146mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bruno Currie
Homer's Allusive Art, Hardback (October 2016)
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, Paperback (April 2010)» View all books by Bruno Currie
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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