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Poetics of Victory in the Greek West by Nicholson, Nigel
Poetics of Victory in the Greek West: Epinician, Oral Tradition, and the Deinomenid Empire
by Nicholson, Nigel
 
Examines the relationship between epinician and the heroizing narratives about athletes, or "hero-athlete narratives," that circulated orally in Sicily and Italy in the late archaic and early classical period. Drawing on the colorful stories told about athletes in later sources, the fragments of Simonides, and the surviving odes of Pindar and Bacchylides, it argues that epinician was formed in opposition to orally transmitted narratives and that these two forms-epinician and the hero-athlete narrative-promoted opposed political visions, with epinician promoting the Deinomenid empire and its structures and the hero-athlete narrative opposing Deinomenid rule.
 
Published 20151102 by Oxford University, Hardcover, 376 Pages, ISBN: 9780190209094, ISBN-10: 0190209097, List Price $78.00.

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