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Simon Hornblower argues for a dating among Thucydides and Pindar no longer up to now said in glossy scholarship. He argues that historic critics have been correct to notice stylistic similarities among those nice exponents of the "severe variety" in prose and verse. partially One he explores the heritage of epinikian poetry and athletics, the values shared via the 2 authors, and faith and colonization myths, and offers a geographically geared up survey of Pindar's Mediterranean global, exploiting onomastic facts. half comprises an research of Thucydides' account of the Olympic video games of 420 BC; discussions of the 4 elements of Thucydides' historical past of their relation to Pindar; statements of process, excursuses, speeches, and narrative, particularly the Sicilian books; and a stylistic-literary comparability of Thucydides and Pindar.

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M[illett] in OCD3 'eranos', and Hornblower 1991: 3iif. onTh. 2. 43. i. 64 Epinikian (victory) odes 21 referred to in epinikian poetry, but epinikian poetry itself, did indeed develop out of the two early phenomena which attracted Eratosthenes' interest, namely spontaneous phylbbolia and ritual cries oftenella. The first solid name we can now associate with epinikian poetry is that of a western Greek of the mid-sixth century BG, Ibykos ofRhegion, modern Reggio di Calabria, in south Italy. 67 Traffic between later archaic Samos and the West is securely attested: after the failure of the six-year Ionian revolt in 494 BG (Hdt.

65 For this word and concept see P. G. M[illett] in OCD3 'eranos', and Hornblower 1991: 3iif. onTh. 2. 43. i. 64 Epinikian (victory) odes 21 referred to in epinikian poetry, but epinikian poetry itself, did indeed develop out of the two early phenomena which attracted Eratosthenes' interest, namely spontaneous phylbbolia and ritual cries oftenella. The first solid name we can now associate with epinikian poetry is that of a western Greek of the mid-sixth century BG, Ibykos ofRhegion, modern Reggio di Calabria, in south Italy.

3. 23-4) into praise of Hieron and his victorious swift Olympic-running horses (line 3-4) he raises his subject to an international level. At a stroke he brings the colonial Greece o together o of the West, three great panhellenic sanctuaries in Greece proper (not just Olympia but Delphi and Delos will feature in the poem, lines 17-21 and 58), and the eastern barbarian power which first compelled the Greeks, that is of Ionia, to payment of tribute (Hdt. i. 6. 2). At the same time Pindar undoubtedly writes for localperformance,124 120 In the end this acceptance of extensive Pindaric travels has a subjective element, just as we cannot actually disprove the sterile notion that Herodotus' information was not derived from autopsy but second-hand or made up.

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