oa Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Pindar's treatment of the Heracles myths
|Article Title||Pindar's treatment of the Heracles myths|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.|
|Publication Date||Jan 1984|
|Pages||15 - 22|
|Keyword(s)||Heracles myths, Olympian Odes and Pindar, lyric poetry|
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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