n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The Value of Victory in Pindar's Odes. Gnomai, Cosmology and the Role of the Poet, Hanna Boeke : book review

Volume 51, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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According to Boeke the aim of this study is to investigate the cosmological context of Pindar's victory odes, and its importance for their encomiastic purpose, from two angles. Firstly, the which punctuate the at regular intervals are used as the basis for an overview of the main ideas about the gods and man's relationship to the divine, the human condition and man in society. Secondly, three , 12, 4 and 13 are analysed to obtain a closer view of how certain aspects of the cosmology are applied to the sometimes complex circumstances of a specific victor. These analyses are complemented by an investigation into the role of the poet in mediating cosmological promises (p. 1).

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