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Pindar and the Sublime

Greek Myth, Reception, and Lyric Experience

«This heartfelt study should prompt further debate about the value of Greek lyric and how to read it ... The book’s tone and pace clearly emerge from masterful teaching, making it an excellent introduction for students.»

The Classical Review

Pindar—the ‘Theban eagle’, as Thomas Gray famously called him—has often been taken as the archetype of the sublime poet: soaring into the heavens on wings of language and inspired by visions of eternity. Les mer

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Pindar—the ‘Theban eagle’, as Thomas Gray famously called him—has often been taken as the archetype of the sublime poet: soaring into the heavens on wings of language and inspired by visions of eternity. In this much-anticipated new study, Robert Fowler asks in what ways the concept of the sublime can still guide a reading of the greatest of the Greek lyric poets. Working with ancient and modern treatments of the topic, especially the poetry and writings of Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843), arguably Pindar’s greatest modern reader, he develops the case for an aesthetic appreciation of Pindar’s odes as literature.

Building on recent trends in criticism, he shifts the focus away from the first performance and the orality of Greek culture to reception and the experience of Pindar’s odes as text. This change of emphasis yields a fresh discussion of many facets of Pindar’s astonishing art, including the relation of the poems to their occasions, performativity, the poet’s persona, his imagery, and his myths. Consideration of Pindar’s views on divinity, transcendence, time, and the limits of language reveals him to be not only a great writer but a great thinker.

Detaljer

Forlag
Bloomsbury Academic
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
280
ISBN
9781350198166
Utgivelsesår
2022
Format
23 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

Robert L. Fowler is Wills Professor of Greek Emeritus at the University of Bristol, UK. He is the author of The Nature of Early Greek Lyric: Three Preliminary Studies (1987) and Early Greek Mythography (2 volumes, 2000-2013). He has published widely on Greek poetry, mythology, historiography, reception and the history of Classical scholarship. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

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«This heartfelt study should prompt further debate about the value of Greek lyric and how to read it ... The book’s tone and pace clearly emerge from masterful teaching, making it an excellent introduction for students.»

The Classical Review

«A superb introduction to Pindar and his poetry. Fowler argues lucidly and passionately that Pindar's odes are examples of sublime literature which transcend their historical context and can still enthuse and inspire audiences today.»

Ian Rutherford, Professor of Classics, University of Reading, UK

«Robert Fowler’s Pindar and the Sublime: Greek Myth, Reception, and the Lyric Experience is a profound, erudite, and stimulating book.»

Greece and Rome

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