By Bruno Currie

Pindar and the Cult of Heroes combines a research of Greek tradition and faith (hero cult) with a literary-critical examine of Pindar's epinician poetry. It seems at hero cult commonly, yet focuses specially on heroization within the fifth century B.C. . There are person chapters at the heroization of conflict useless, of athletes, and at the spiritual remedy of the dwelling within the fifth century. Hero cult, Bruno Currie argues, will be expected, in numerous methods, in a person's lifetime. Epinician poetry too can be interpreted within the mild of this cultural context; essentially, this style explores the patron's spiritual prestige. The ebook positive factors vast stories of Pindar's Pythians 2, three, five, Isthmian 7, and Nemean 7.

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Rohde 1925: i. i—68; Sourvinou-Inwood 1995: 10—107; Johnston 1999: 7—16; Clarke 1999; Albinus 2000: 21-97. 2 See Richardson 1985^: 50—i; Johnston 1999: 7—9. 3 Burkert 1985$: 196. For the link between (frpeves and corporeality, see //. 99—104. For the link between (frpeves and consciousness, see Od. 493 5 (Teiresias is the exception who proves the rule). To regain consciousness, the dead had to drink blood, regaining corporeality: Od. 153. If consciousness depends on corporeality, then the decision whether (f)pev€s means 'wits' or 'midriff (see Richardson 1993: 178) may not be critical.

2 0. 8 Inscr. a 'he wrote the ode, Didymus says, for all three of them [Alkimedon, Timosthenes, Melesias]'. 111 See Irigoin 1952: 30—50; PfeifTer 1968: 181 8. 'Hellenistic filter': Rutherford 2001: 5—6. 112 See Harvey 1955; Rossi 1971; Galame 1974; Rutherford 2001: 4 6 , 90—1. Introduction 23 nine distinct genres (eiSrf): Hymns, Paeans, Dithyrambs, Processional Songs, Maiden-songs, Dance Songs (Hyporchemata], Encomia, Dirges, and Epinicians. 113 In assigning poems to a particular genre or to a particular book within a given genre, the Alexandrian editors faced difficult choices.

Differentiation in the status of the dead appears especially in mystic 44 Xen. Cyr. 17 22 (note 17 but more confidently at 22 45 On uncertainty regarding one's fate after death, see Rudhardt 1958: 122. Dem. 87 rpOTTO) TLVL TOV vvvl yiyvo^€vov Trpdy/jiaTOS aLadr)aw. Isoc. 42 47 plat. Menex. 248b7-8 Mikalson 1983: 79. v. VI. 49 Gf. Xen. Cyr. ' consol. adApoll. i2ob Gf. too P. 101 aKovovTL Trot, 'they 50 hear, I suppose'. Gf. Aristot. ^Vnooai8—21. 52 An example from a non-mystical context occurs in Euripides' Alkestis, where the chorus console the death-bound Alkestis with the words, 'farewell; may chthonian Hermes and Hades receive you kindly.

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