oa Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Pindar's treatment of the Heracles myths

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141



Pindar's lyric poetry is one of the most interesting sources for the Heracles myths. He frequently describes the deeds of Heracles in detail, and brief references to the hero occur in poems where Heracles is barely relevant. Pindar's Heracles tends to be more the aristocratic champion, yet his brute strength and daring are also portrayed. The author shows to what extent Pindar's poetry focuses on the ethically accepatable features of the hero's character and career.

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