Myth, locality, and identity in Pindar's Sicilian odes / Virginia M. Lewis
- Lewis, Virginia M.
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white).
- Greeks overseas
Oxford scholarship online
- Machine generated contents note: Epinician Poetry and Local Contexts -- Pindar's Sicilian Odes -- Other Local Contexts for Pindaric Epinician Poetry -- Myth and Locality in Pindar's Odes -- Space, Place, and Landscape -- Classics and the Study of Myth and Place -- Previous Studies of Place in Epinician Poetry -- Identity in Pindar's Sicilian Odes -- Outline of Chapters -- 1.Arriving in Syracuse: Arethusa and Syracusan Civic Identity -- Syracuse Under the Deinomenids -- Pindar's Epinician Odes for Syracusan Victors -- Arethusa as a Syracusan Civic Symbol: Numismatic Evidence -- Arethusa and Alpheos in the Syracusan Odes -- The Mythical Connection Between Syracuse and the Peloponnese -- Artemis Alpheioa in Syracuse and in the Peloponnese -- Performance Contexts and Conclusions -- 2.Demeter and Persephone: Ancestral Cult and Sicilian Identity -- Material Evidence for the Cults of Demeter and Persephone in Syracuse -- Demeter and Persephone in the Sicilian Mythic Tradition -- Diodorus' Narrative of Persephone's Abduction -- The Deinomenid Priesthood of Demeter and Persephone -- Herodotus -- Diodorus -- Pindar and Bacchylides -- Myth and Landscape in Pindar's Nemean -- A Syracusan Representation of Sicily in Nemean -- Reading Arethusa and Persephone Together -- Herakles and Spatial Ideology -- Conclusions -- 3.Locating Aitnaian Identity in Pindar's Pythian 1 -- The Foundation of Aitna and the Cult of Zeus Aitnaios -- The Myth of Zeus and Typho -- Earlier Versions of Zeus' Suppression and Imprisonment of Typho -- Typho's Aitnaian Prison in Pythian -- A Myth for the Citizens of Aitna -- Conclusions -- 4.Fluid Identities: The River Akragas and the Shaping of Akragantine Identity in Olympian 2 -- Akragas Under Theron's Rule -- Emmenid vs. Deinomenid Commemoration -- Pindar's Odes for Akragas -- The River Akragas and the Mediation of Emmenid Identity in Olympian 2 -- The River Akragas as a Civic Symbol Before Theron's Rule -- Locating the Emmenids: Place and Identity in Olympian 2 -- A Heroic Genealogy for Theron -- Akragas and the Isle of the Blessed -- Theron, Son of Akragas -- Conclusions -- 5.Conclusions and Test Cases: Ergoteles of Himera and Psaumis of Kamarina -- The Immigrant Victor: Becoming Himeraian in Olympian 12 -- The Native Victor: Psaumis as Local Benefactor in Olympians 4 and 5 -- Conclusions.
- This text argues that Pindar engages in a striking, innovative style of mythmaking that represents and shapes Sicilian identities in his epinician odes for Sicilian victors in the fifth century BCE, and it contributes new insights into current debates on the relationship between myth and place in classical literature.
- 9780190910341 (ebook)
- Audience Notes:
- Also issued in print: 2019.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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