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Pindar's Songs for Young Athletes of Aigina

Anne Pippin Burnett


This book examines choral performance, audience response, and the poetic means used by Greek lyric poet Pindar to control this response. It consists of individual studies of Pindar's eleven odes for Aiginetan victors, preceded by a brief survey of the history of the island and the nature of its aristocracy. The discussion focuses in particular on questions of mythic self-presentation in Pindar's choral songs, as exemplified by such non-literary evidence as the pedimental sculptures of the Aphaia Temple, and the parallel ‘narrative’ sections of the odes. The overall concern is with Pindaric tec ... More

Keywords: Pindar, choral songs, athletes, Aigina, audience response, odes, victors, self-presentation, athletic contest, aristocracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199277940
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277940.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Pippin Burnett, author
Formerly Professor Emerita, Classics, University of Chicago