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Myth and truth in some odes of Pindar

Abstract: The main part of this thesis is a survey of Pindar's treatment,in his epinicians, of myths involving the mythological familyof the Aiakids. I establish what may be known of Pindar'ssources for these stories, and then compare his own accounts.I consider (together with some minor incidents) Aiakos' assist-ance in building the walls of Troy; Phokos' murder; Peleus'experience with Hippolyta and Akastos, and his marriage toThetis; Telamon's participation in Herakles' expedition againstTroy; Achilles' infancy, his combats against Telephos, Kyknos,Hektor and Memnon, and his own fate; Aias' birth and suicide;and finally the story of Neoptolemos' visit to Delphi (chapters1-7). My major conclusion is that his versions of these mythsare more firmly grounded in the mythological tradition than iswidely believed: they are constantly allusive, and containlittle innovation. What changes there are may be ascribed to abroad rationalizing tendency, rather than to sophisticatedpoetic purposes. Pindar seems to prefer lesser known, oftenlocally preserved, strands of tradition, but is concerned toproduce authoritative accounts of them. The defensive tone ofN. 7 may be satisfactorily explained by his care to produce suchan account from confused and undignified material; the poemdoes not contain an apology for a hostile treatment of Neo-ptolemos in Pae.6. In chapter 8, I confirm my conclusions byexamining three difficult cases: the myths of P. 3, O.I, and thebreak-off from the first myth of 0. 9. These examples confirmthat traditional material has intrinsic value in epinician, andsuggest the conclusion that the explication of a paradeigmaticrelation between myth and victory is not the only valid explan-ation of the function of myth in Pindar. Myth may also serveto provide a publicly acceptable warrant for the praise of thevictor.

Type of Award:Dphil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky

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Language: eng grc Subjects: Criticism and interpretation Mythology, Greek, in literature Odes History and criticism Tiny URL: td:602354858


Author: Mann, Rupert Christopher John Rupert - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyFaculty of Literae Humaniores - - - - Bibliographic



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