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Greek Praise Poetry and the Rhetoric of Divinity

Felix J. Meister


This monograph focuses on passages of archaic and classical Greek poetry where certain human individuals in certain moments are presented as approximating to the gods. The approximation pursued is different from any form of immortality, be it apotheosis, hero cult, or fame preserved in song. Instead, this monograph is concerned with the momentary attainment of central aspects characteristic of divine life, such as supreme happiness, unsurpassed beauty, or boundless power. The three main chapters of this monograph (Chapters 2, 3, and 4) illustrate the approximation of human figures to these asp ... More

Keywords: Greek religion, Sappho, wedding song, epithalamia, Pindar, victory ode, epinician, Greek tragedy, Greek comedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198847687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198847687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Felix J. Meister, author
Research Assistant in the Department of Classics, University of Cologne