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Pindar’s Dithyrambs and Their Hellenistic Reception

Tom Phillips
From the journal Trends in Classics


The study explores Hellenistic readers’ reception of archaic and classical lyric poetry by using Pindar’s dithyrambs as a representative test case. The ‘horizons of expectations’ in the Hellenistic era, it is argued, were influenced not only by ancient lyric poetry per se but also by the commentaries that accompanied the lyric corpora, by Hellenistic theorizing about the voice and by writers such as Dionysius of Hallicarnassus and Callimachus. The experience of attending to Pindar’s ‘vocal poetics’ is characterized both by intense imaginative transport and a recognition of the reader’s experiential finitude.


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Article Note

I am grateful to David Fearn, Tim Rood, and Evina Sistakou for their comments on drafts of this chapter. All translations are my own.

Published Online: 2017-11-29
Published in Print: 2017-11-9

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