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Myth, Locality, and Identity in Pindar's Sicilian Odes

Virginia M. Lewis


Myth, Locality, and Identity in Pindar’s Sicilian Odes argues that Pindar engages in a striking, innovative style of mythmaking that represents and shapes Sicilian identities in his epinician odes for Sicilian victors in the fifth century BCE. While Sicily has been thought to be lacking in local traditions for Pindar to celebrate, this book argues that the Sicilian odes offer examples of the formation of local traditions: the monster Typho whom Zeus defeated to become king of the gods, for example, now lives beneath Mt. Aitna; Persephone receives the island of Sicily as a gift from Zeus; and t ... More

Keywords: Pindar, Greek Sicily, tyrants, myth, epinician poetry, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190910310
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190910310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Virginia M. Lewis, author
Assistant Professor of Classics, Florida State University