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Pindar's Pythian 4: Interpreting History in Song

Agocs, PA; (2020) Pindar's Pythian 4: Interpreting History in Song. Histos Supplements (2) pp. 87-154. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter comprises a narratological analysis of Pindar’s longest victory-ode, Pythian 4, composed to celebrate a chariot victory at Delphi of Arcesilas IV, the Battiad king of Cyrene. Through a close reading of the ode as a colonisation-story, and through comparison with the traditions set out by Herodotus in his Libyan logos, it examines Pindar’s handling of oral and poetic tradition, and the connection between poetic form and political/social ideology.

Type: Article
Title: Pindar's Pythian 4: Interpreting History in Song
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/histos/documents/SV11.0...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Pindar, Pythian 4, collective/social memory, ideological meaning of poetry, time and narrative, Cyrene, Herodotus
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056384
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