At a glance:
- Author: Pindar
- First Published: 1656
- Type of Work: Poetry
- Genres: Poetry, Lyric poetry, Ode
- Subjects: Freedom, Language or languages, Art or artists, Poetry or poets, Greek or Roman times, Greece or Greek people, Games, Wrestling, Allusions
- Locales: Europe, Greece, Greece, ancient
By a stroke of luck, Pindar’s victory odes have survived almost in their entirety. This is not the case for the author’s other works—including hymns, dirges, songs of praise, and processional songs—which have either been lost or are known only from short fragments. Although the victory odes, known as the epinikia, were Pindar’s most famous and influential works, even in antiquity, they seem typical of their author’s general approach and style. Shifting frequently from subject to subject, Pindar’s poems have a dreamlike quality. Each line flows...
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