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Thucydides and Pindar: Historical Narrative and the World of Epinikian Poetry

Simon Hornblower


This book discusses a relationship between Thucydides and Pindar not so far acknowledged in modern scholarship. It argues that ancient critics were right to detect stylistic similarities between these two great exponents of the ‘severe style’ in prose and verse. In Part One the book explores the background of epinikian poetry and athletics, the values shared by the two authors, and religion and colonization myths, and presents a geographically organized survey of Pindar's Mediterranean world, exploiting onomastic evidence. Part Two includes an analysis of Thucydides' account of the Olympic gam ... More

Keywords: severe style, epinikian poetry, athletics, religion, colonization myths, speeches, narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199249190
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Hornblower, author
Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University College London
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