The Odes (Paperback)

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By Pindar, Andrew M. Miller (Translated by)
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One of the most celebrated poets of the classical world, Pindar wrote odes for athletes that provide a unique perspective on the social and political life of ancient Greece. Commissioned in honor of successful contestants at the Olympic games and other Panhellenic contests, these odes were performed in the victors’ hometowns and conferred enduring recognition on their achievements.
Andrew M. Miller’s superb new translation captures the beauty of Pindar’s forty-five surviving victory odes, preserving the rhythm, elegance, and imagery for which they have been admired since antiquity while adhering closely to the meaning of the original Greek. This edition provides a comprehensive introduction and interpretive notes to guide readers through the intricacies of the poems and the worldview that they embody.

About the Author

Andrew M. Miller is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of From Delos to Delphi: A Literary Study of the Homeric Hymn to Apollo and Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation.

Praise For…

"In a word, this edition . . . stands 'best and preeminent over others.'"
— Journal of Classics Teaching

"To read [the odes] is to enter a vision of life’s beauty and wonder – an idealising vision whose exaltation is made bracing and kept in contact with the harsher side of reality by constant reminders of the precariousness of good fortune and of life itself."
— High Window
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520300002
ISBN-10: 0520300009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: September 24th, 2019
Pages: 376
Language: English