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Pindaric Kleos
Pindaric Kleos

Author(s): Maciej Jaszczyński
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Poetry, Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: Pindarus; Greek poetry; poetic tradition; kleos

Summary/Abstract: This article discusses the issue of how kleos works in Pindar’s epinician odes. Firstly, it deals with the relationship between Pindaric and epic, and specifically, Homeric kleos. It tries to answer the question why Pindar was rather reluctant to extensively use the Iliad and the Odyssey in his odes and much preferred the cyclic poems. I am providing a close analysis of the closing line of the Pythian 3 in view of Homeric concepts of kleos and a poetic formula of kleos aphthiton. Next, I am discussing Pindar’s relationship with earlier lyric poets, mainly on the basis of passages from Ibycus’ 282a (S151) and Simonides’The Platea Elegy, also briefly mentioning Stesichorus. I am trying to display how their understanding of the mechanics of poetic kleos influenced Pindar.

  • Issue Year: XVIII/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 17-24
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English