Pindar’s Eyes: Visual and Material Culture in Epinician Poetry by David Fearn
English | 2019 | General Fiction/Classics| PDF reader | 2 MB
Pindar’s Eyes is a ground-breaking interdisciplinary exploration of the interactions between Greek lyric poetry and visual and material culture in the early fifth century BCE. Its aim is to open up analysis of lyric to the wider theme of aesthetic experience in early classical Greece, with particular focus on the poetic mechanisms through which Pindar’s victory odes use visual and material culture to engage their audiences. Complete readings of Nemean 5, Nemean 8, and Pythian 1 reveal the poet’s deep interest in the relations between lyric poetry and commemorative and religious sculpture, as well as other significant visual phenomena, while literary studies of his evocation of cultural attitudes through elaborate use of the lyric first person are combined with art-historical treatments of ecphrasis, of image and text, and of art’s framing of ritual experience in ancient Greece. This specific aesthetic approach is expanded through fresh treatments of Simonides’ and Bacchylides’ own engagements with material culture, as well as an account of Pindaric themes in the Aeginetan logoi of Herodotus’ Histories.