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Pindar by Pindar
Book DescriptionOf the Greek lyric poets, Pindar (c.519-438 BC) was "by far the greatest for the magnificence of his inspiration" in Quintilian's view; Horace judged him "sure to win Apollo's laurels". The esteem of the ancients may help explain why a good portion of his work was carefully preserved. Most of the Greek lyric poets come down to us only in bits and pieces, but nearly a quarter of Pindar's poems survive complete. William H. Race now brings us, in two volumes, a new edition and translation of the four books of victory odes, along with surviving fragments of Pindar's other poems. Like Simonides and Bacchylides, Pindar wrote elaborate odes in honour of prize-winning athletes for public performance by singers, dancers and musicians. His 45 victory odes celebrate triumphs in athletic contests at the four great Panhellenic festivals: the Olympic, Pythian (at Delphi), Nemean, and Isthmian games. In these complex poems, Pindar commemorates the achievement of athletes and powerful rulers against the backdrop of divine favour, human failure, heroic legend and the moral ideals of aristocratic Greek society. Race provides brief intoductions to each ode and full explanatory footnotes, offering the reader guidance to these often difficult poems. His new Loeb Pindar also contains an annotated edition and translation of significant fragments, including hymns, paeans, dihyrambs, maiden songs and dirges.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674995642
(155mm x 105mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Pindar
Pindar: Nemean and Isthmian Odes, Paperback (April 2011)
First published in 1883 and revised in 1899, this edition is full of practical help for understanding the texts.
Odes for Victorious Athletes, Paperback (September 2010)
These translations revive the confident excitement of their original performances.
Complete 'Odes', Paperback (July 2008)
The Greek poet Pindar (c. 518-428 BC) composed victory odes for winners in the ancient Games, including the Olympics. The Odes contain versions of some of the best known Greek myths and are also a valuable source for Greek religion and ethics. Verity's lucid translations are complemented by insights into competition, myth, and meaning.
Pindar's Paeans, Hardback (February 2001)» View all books by Pindar
This is a scholarly edition of the paeans, or sacred hymns to Apollo, written by the famous classical poet Pindar. They are the most celebrated examples of a genre which once held a central place in the song-dance culture of classical Greece - a unique and haunting legacy of both early classical poetry and ancient religion.
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