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The Resource Pindar and the construction of Syracusan monarchy in the fifth century B.C., Kathryn A. Morgan

Pindar and the construction of Syracusan monarchy in the fifth century B.C., Kathryn A. Morgan

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Pindar and the construction of Syracusan monarchy in the fifth century B.C.
Title
Pindar and the construction of Syracusan monarchy in the fifth century B.C.
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn A. Morgan
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Language
eng
Summary
This groundbreaking book attempts a fully contextualized reading of the poetry written by Pindar for Hieron of Syracuse in the 470s BC. It argues that the victory odes and other occasional songs composed by Pindar for the Sicilian tyrant were part of an extensive cultural program that included athletic competition, coinage, architecture, sanctuary dedication, city foundation, and much more. In the tumultuous years following the Persian invasion of Greece in 480, elite Greek leaders and their cities struggled to capitalize on the Greek victory and to define themselves as free peoples who triumphed over the threat of Persian monarchy. Pindar's victory odes are an important contribution to Hieron's goal of panhellenic pre-eminence, redescribing contemporary tyranny as an instantiation of golden-age kingship and consonant with best Greek tradition. In a delicate process of cultural legitimation, the poet's praise deploys athletic victories as a signs of more general preeminence. Three initial chapters set the stage by presenting the history and culture of Syracuse under the Deinomenid tyrants, exploring issues of performance and patronage, and juxtaposing Hieron to rival Greek leaders on the mainland. Subsequent chapters examine in turn all Pindar's preserved poetry for Hieron and members of his court, and contextualizes this poetry by comparing it to the songs written for Hieron by Pindar's poetic contemporary, Bacchylides. These odes develop a specifically "tyrannical" mythology in which a hero from the past enjoys unusual closeness with the gods, only to bring ruin on him or herself by failing to manage this closeness appropriately. Such negative exemplars counterbalance Hieron's good fortune and present the dangers against which he must (and does) protect himself by regal virtue. The readings that emerge are marked by exceptional integration of literary interpretation with the political/historical context. --Provided by publisher
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Morgan, Kathryn A
Dewey number
884/.01
Index
index present
LC call number
PA4276
LC item number
.M57 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Greeks overseas
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  • Greek literature
  • Greek literature
  • Pindar
  • Syracuse (Italy)
  • Greece
  • Pindar
  • Colonies
  • Greek literature
  • Greece
  • Italy
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Pindar and the construction of Syracusan monarchy in the fifth century B.C., Kathryn A. Morgan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- The Deinomenids and Syracuse -- Poets and patrons in Hieron's Syracuse -- Placing Hieron -- Pythian 2: A royal poetics -- Olympian 1: Feasting at the king's hearth -- Pythian 3: Victory of vicissitude -- Pythian 1: a civic symphony -- Henchmen (Nemean 9, Nemean 1, Olympian 6) -- Conclusion
Control code
879538897
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 460 pages
Isbn
9780199366859
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014017354
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)879538897
Label
Pindar and the construction of Syracusan monarchy in the fifth century B.C., Kathryn A. Morgan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- The Deinomenids and Syracuse -- Poets and patrons in Hieron's Syracuse -- Placing Hieron -- Pythian 2: A royal poetics -- Olympian 1: Feasting at the king's hearth -- Pythian 3: Victory of vicissitude -- Pythian 1: a civic symphony -- Henchmen (Nemean 9, Nemean 1, Olympian 6) -- Conclusion
Control code
879538897
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 460 pages
Isbn
9780199366859
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014017354
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)879538897

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