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Pindar's Verbal Art : An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style, Hardback Book

Pindar's Verbal Art : An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style Hardback

Part of the Hellenic Studies series


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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