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Pindar's Eyes: Visual and Material Culture in Epinician Poetry

David Fearn


This book assesses the ways in which Pindar, as well as other epinician poets, investigates the theme of aesthetic, and specifically visual, experience in early classical Greece. Major case studies offer complete readings of Pindar’s Nemean 5, Nemean 8, and Pythian 1. These poems reveal Pindar’s deep interest in the relation between lyric poetry and the material and visual world of commemorative and religious sculpture and other significant visual phenomena. The book offers an account of the reception of Pindaric themes in the Aeginetan logoi of Herodotus’ Histories and also offers new insight ... More

Keywords: Pindar, literary study, material culture, art-historical, epinician poet, ecphrasis, lyric poetry, poetic language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198746379
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198746379.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Fearn, author
Associate Professor in Greek Literature, University of Warwick