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A Charis tekintete Pindarosnál
The Look of Charis in Poetry of Pindar

Author(s): Zsolt Adorjáni
Subject(s): Cultural history, Semiotics / Semiology, Studies of Literature, Ancient World, Semantics, Historical Linguistics
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: Pindar; Homer; Hesiod; Charis; Muse; look; light; darkness; quick; dead;

Summary/Abstract: Charis is a concept and a power of paramount significance in Pindar’s poetry and ars poetica. This analysis is less concerned with the semantics of Charis, than with her dynamics. In the 14. and 7. Olympian ode Charis appears surrounded by a cluster of metaphors of blossoming (ΘAΛ - ), love (EPA - ) and eye-glance (Ι Δ - ). These motifs permeat the whole Pindaric epinician corpus. I set out to scrutinize the vast scale of variations on this theme, in order to illuminate from a new vista the relationship of the Charis and the Muse, then to explain the foregrounded motif of the divine eye-glance.

  • Issue Year: 53/2009
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 1-43
  • Page Count: 43
  • Language: Hungarian