The Traffic in Praise: Pindar and the Poetics of Social Economy

  title={The Traffic in Praise: Pindar and the Poetics of Social Economy},
  author={L. Kurke},
Pindar’s epinikian odes were poems commissioned to celebrate athletic victories in the first half of the fifth century BCE. Drawing on the insights of interpretive anthropology and cultural history, Leslie Kurke investigates how the socially embedded genre of epinikion responded to a period of tremendous social and cultural change. Kurke examines the odes as public performances which enact the reintegration of the athletic victor into his heterogeneous communities. These communities—the victor… Expand
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