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BacchylidesPolitics, Performance, Poetic Tradition$
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David Fearn

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199215508

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215508.001.0001

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Homeric Fire, Aiginetan Glory, Panhellenic Reception: Bacchylides 13

Homeric Fire, Aiginetan Glory, Panhellenic Reception: Bacchylides 13

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This chapter is divided into three sections. The first locates Bacchylides' poem within its Aiginetan context. The second shows how Bacchylides uses imagery and Homeric narrative to support Aiginetan aristocratic heritage. The poem celebrates the continuity of Aiginetan cultic heritage, through the exempla provided by Pytheas on the one hand, and Aias and Akhilleus on the other, and through the celebration of Homeric poetry itself as an Aiginetan national treasure. In the final section, the chapter sets against such pro-Aiginetan readings alternative receptions of the poem, implied by its panhellenic status and its incorporation, towards its close, of praise of Pytheas' Athenian trainer Menandros.

Keywords:   Bacchylides, Aiginetan context, Homeric narrative, imagery

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