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Pindar's Homer: The Lyric Possession of An Epic Past
by Gregory Nagy
Nagy challenges the widely held view that the development of lyric poetry in Greece represents the rise of individual innovation over collective tradition. Arguing that Greek lyric represents a tradition in its own right, Nagy shows how the form of Greek epic is in fact a differentiation of forms found in Greek lyric. Throughout, he progressively broadens the definition of ...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published May 1st 1990)
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My reading focused on the four chapters in which Nagy treats the stirring (and heretofore unexplored) correspondences between the lyric poetry of Pindar and the ancient world's first great prose achievement, the Histories of Herodotus. Nagy's chapters remain the fundamental study for four aspects of interrelation: the ways in which both writers talk about their own work, the narrators' techniques of establishing authority, the representations of tyranny in both genres, and the convergent purpose ...more