By Anne Pippin Burnett
This ebook contains person experiences of Pindar's 11 odes for Aiginetan victors, preceded through a short survey of the heritage of the island and the character of its aristocracy. Anne Pippin Burnett's dialogue is very conscious of questions of mythic self-presentation, as exemplified within the pedimental sculptures of the Aphaia Temple and the parallel "narrative" sections of the odes. the general quandary is with Pindaric innovations for unifying an viewers and prime it right into a shared event of encouraged good fortune, yet there's additionally a priority with the realities of athletic contest and its party.
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Eur. Androm. 687; Apollod. Bib. 3. 12. 6 reports that Phokos was famous for his strength) or even to an accidental misthrow (Diod. Sic. 4. 72. 6). And though Peleus remains the principal assassin, reﬂecting the earlier form of the tale in which he alone destroyed Psamathe’s son,⁶¹ both brothers ⁵⁷ Poros ﬁgure from older temple, Walter (1993) ﬁg. 34; pedimental Amazon battle, Fuchs and Floren (1987) 310. ⁵⁸ For Telamon at the Kalydonian boar hunt see Furtwängler, Vasensammlung i. 246, no. 1706, Berlin vase from Orvieto; Eur.
2. 29. 7)⁴⁸—and he was surely represented among the cult ﬁgures kept in the Founder’s shrine. He was, after all, the eldest son of Aiakos, engendered upon the Nereid Psamathe who left him on the shore when she returned to her element. In the primitive story his killing had served to establish the islanders’ identity as landsmen who were triumphant over the sea,⁴⁹ but he took on a sharper signiﬁcance when it was Peleus who removed him. Ever a ﬁgure for ‘what-might-have-been,’ he now entered panhellenic myth as a preliminary version of Achilles, erased by the herofather of that more perfect son of a Nereid.
6; Ov. Met. 7. 476. Euripides knew a story in which Psamathe left Aiakos to become the wife of Proteus (Hel. 6). ⁵¹ That the slaughter of Phokos was viewed as a heroic deed is clear from a bit of elaborate Euripidean irony at Androm. 687, where the weak and uxorious Menelaus suggests that Peleus should have been like him – should have refused to kill Phokos as he had refused to kill Helen. ⁵⁴ So why should that belligerent man not have been a third son of Aiakos, brother and ally of Peleus and like him exiled after the killing of the Seal Prince, at which time he took refuge on Salamis?