Thucydides and Pindar: Historical Narrative and the World of Epinikian Poetry (Paperback)
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Short Description for Thucydides and Pindar Thucydides was one of the greatest of the ancient Greek historians, and Pindar one of the greatest Greek poets, specializing in celebratory odes for victors in the great games - above all at Olympia. This book, divided into two parts, puts these two towering figures side-by-side, and demonstrates a thematic and literary kinship.
- Published: 06 July 2006
- Format: Paperback 476 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199298280 ISBN 10: 0199298289
- Sales rank: 1,403,504
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Simon Hornblower argues for a relationship between Thucydides and Pindar not so far acknowledged in modern scholarship. He argues that ancient critics were right to detect stylistic similarities between these two great exponents of the 'severe style' in prose and verse. In Part One, he explores the background of epinikian poetry and athletics, the values shared by the two authors, and religion and colonization myths, and presents a geographically organized survey of Pindar's Mediterranean world, exploiting onomastic evidence. Part Two includes an analysis of Thucydides' account of the Olympic games of 420 BC; discussions of the four components of Thucydides' history in their relation to Pindar; statements of method, excursuses, speeches, and narrative, especially the Sicilian books; and a stylistic-literary comparison of Thucydides and Pindar.