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Title: A commentary on Pindar's Emmenid odes, O.2, O.3, P.6, I.2
Author: Sicka, Daniel Mahendra Jan
ISNI:       0000 0004 7652 0432
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2015
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The thesis is a commentary on four Pindaric odes for the Emmenid dynasty of Acragas: Olympian 2, Olympian 3, Pythian 6, Isthmian 2. The main introduction sets out the Emmenid odes' historical context, and the commentary's approach to them in relation to Pindaric scholarship. There follows a synopsis of the textual readings adopted, indicating divergences from Snell-Maehler. The four main chapters are arranged in chronological order, with each one treating a single ode: lemmatized commentary follows an introductory section that contains a translation, metrical scheme, notes on date and performance/reperformance context, structural analysis, and interpretation. A conclusion draws out the broader patterns that emerge from the study of all four odes, especially the techniques Pindar employs to address the encomiastic needs of his honorands, and to bind the poems together. The commentaries on individual odes aim both to explore the nuances of particular words and phrases, and to advance critical understanding of the poem as a whole. They address a wide spectrum of linguistic, textual, metrical, and stylistic questions, in combination with socio-political and historical issues, bringing to bear a range of evidence and applying recent scholarly insights to established cruces. The translations do not seek to achieve the most natural English style, but to render as far as possible the Greek's emphasis, and to reflect the interpretative decisions argued for in the lemmata. The study's larger aim is to explore the manner in which Pindar's odes for the Emmenids developed in light of the family's shifting personal, competitive, and political fortunes, over the course of two decades that saw their acquisition, possession, and loss of tyrannical power. The corpus as a whole is shown to constitute a series of intertextuallyconnected reperformative artifacts that together create a poetic monument to the Emmenids.
Supervisor: Davies, Malcolm Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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