Pindar’s Isthmian 6: A Commentary and Literary Study Public Deposited

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  • Hansen, Hans
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
  • Pindar’s sixth Isthmian ode, composed to celebrate the first pancratium victory of Phylacidas of Aegina, has proven to be highly relevant for recent work on Pindar. It is pertinent for discussions of symposia and symposiastic literature, epinician performance, other odes to boy victors, and Aeginetan society and literature. Yet, it has never been the subject of a single-ode commentary. This dissertation is designed to satisfy this need. The introduction treats the performance context of the ode as well as its myth and the connection of the myth to the temple of Aphaea on Aegina. It also includes two sections on Pindar’s dialect and the dactyloepitritic meter of the ode. These two sections are aimed especially at clarifying how dialect and meter have been used to establish the current text of Isthmian 6. The final section treats the manuscript tradition and text of Isthmian 6. The Greek text included is largely the same as Snell-Maehler’s Teubner edition; the sole deviation is noted in the introduction. Also included is a prose translation intended to be a strict rendering of the Greek. The commentary itself is comprehensive, and covers philological, literary, linguistic, metrical, and textual aspects of the ode. Throughout the commentary there are also longer, more discursive notes that treat the composition of the ode, its rhetoric and conventional features, and Pindar’s poetics more generally.
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  • Baragwanath, Emily
  • Goslin, Owen
  • Downie, Janet
  • Race, William H.
  • O'Hara, James
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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