Pindar and the Poetics of Permanence

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Many congratulations to Dr Henry Spelman on the publication of his new book 'Pindar and the Poetics of Permanence' (Oxford Classical Monographs).

Whereas the last several decades of scholarship on early Greek lyric have been primarily concerned with the immediate contexts of first performance, this volume turns its attention instead to the rhetoric and realities of poetic permanence, providing the first book-length study devoted to this topic. Taking Pindar and archaic Greek literary culture as its focus, it offers a new reading of Pindar's victory odes which explores not only how they were received by those who first experienced them, but also what they can mean to later audiences like us.

Pindar and the Poet