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Pindar's EyesVisual and Material Culture in Epinician Poetry$
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David Fearn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198746379.001.0001

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(p.272) Conclusion
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Pindar's Eyes
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David Fearn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198746379.003.0006

The conclusion rounds out this study, summing up the importance of the approaches taken in relation to previous more historicizing models of Pindaric scholarship. Particular emphasis is placed on aesthetics and the importance of contextualizability: how Pindar’s poetry consistently draws attention to its own aesthetic status and makes an issue of its relation to contexts, through gesturing towards material culture and visual experience; how the interstices between lyric voices and contexts matter for a considered appreciation of epinician lyric’s cultural value. Potential future avenues for research are considered, both within the Pindaric corpus and beyond it, including further work on fifth-century prose (Herodotus and sophistic rhetoric in particular).

Keywords:   Pindar, lyric, material culture, visual experience, contextualizability, cultural value

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