HELLENIC STUDIES SERIES
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Hellenic Studies Series 40

Pindar's Verbal Art

An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style

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$19.95 • £15.95 • €18.00

ISBN 9780674036277

Publication Date: 02/28/2010

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250 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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In Pindar’s Verbal Art, James Bradley Wells argues that the victory song is a traditional art form that appealed to a popular audience and served exclusive elite interests through the inclusive appeal of entertainment, popular instruction, and laughter. This is the first study of Pindar’s language that applies performance as a method for the ethnographic description and interpretation of entextualized records of verbal art. In Mikhail Bakhtin’s terms, Pindar’s Verbal Art is a sociological stylistics of epinician language and demonstrates that Pindar’s is a highly dialogical form of art, an intertextual web of voices, whose study enables us to appreciate popular dimensions of his songs. Wells offers a new take on recurrent Pindaric questions: genre, the unity of the victory song, tradition, and, principally, epinician performance.

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