[Works in Greek] Pindari Olympia. Pythia. Nemea. Isthmia. Adjuncta est interpretatio Latina ad verbum. Cum indicibus necessariis.

Pindar (ca. 520 - 442 B.C.)

Published by Paul Estienne,, 1599
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Quarto: (16), 487, (6) pp. Collation: 4, 4, A-Z4, AA-ZZ4, AAA-PPP4, QQQ2. Leaf Q4 is blank and present. The Sole Large-Format Estienne PindarPossibly the first book printed by Paul Estienne ?Possibly the first book printed by Paul Estienne after he took over his father?s firm. This is the first and only Estienne edition of Pindar in quarto format (all previous and later editions were small 16mo pocket editions) and the only one to include the ancient Greek scholia?.The Greek text is newly edited by Paul Estienne with the assistance of his famous brother-in-law Isaac Casaubon.?(Schreiber)According to Hoffmann, this is the third edition to contain the Greek scholia, based on the Frankfurt edition of 1542 and compared with the Stephanus 1566 edition.Pindar is the second of Boeotia?s great poets. As a literary artist he represents a different tradition from Hesiod?s, and he comes from a very different social level. Nevertheless, in those passages where his native qualities come out most strongly, we can see his affinities with the author of the Theogony. Both have the same religious attitude toward all phenomena, the same uncompromising severity in their assertions.?Pindar?s poetry brought him into contact with many of the political and cultural centers of his day. The earliest of the surviving epinikia (the victory odes), Pythian 10, shows Pindar associated with Thessaly, whose noble families had enjoyed the services of many of the older poets [but] it was his success in Sicily that determined Pindar?s pan-Hellenic reputation. Pindar formed a close connection with both the court of Hieron of Syracuse and Theron of Acragas. The multitude of new impressions that he received from the power and brilliance of this west Greek world is reflected in verses like those of the First Olympian celebrating Hiero?s victory in 476. This was a victory in the horse race: the more coveted victory in the chariot race had fallen to Theron. For him also Pindar wrote an Epinikion which was sung at Acragas (Ol.3).At the height of his career, ?Pindar was constantly making new friends? and composing poetry for athletes from Rhodes and Corinth ?who wanted to secure a monument of their achievement in his poetry? After the death of Hieron in 466, Pindar secured, for a brief time, the patronage of Arcesilaus of Cyrene, for whom he composed two epinikia for his victory in the chariot race at Delphi (Pyth. 4 &5).?Pindar?s crown of success was not without its thorns. The envious grudged him his Sicilian successes: he was traduced as a friend of tyrants, a neglecter of his homeland. The rather violent manner in which in the Ninth Pythian he drags in an account of his poetical activities on his country?s behalf shows how seriously he took reproaches of this sort.?The Alexandrians arranged the four books of ?Epinikia? according to festivals: one book each for the great Olympic and Delphic games which recurred every four years and for the smaller Isthmian and Nemean games which were held biennially. Some passages show that after the celebration the epinikion might be performed by a single performer to the lyre. It is not impossible that some of them were intended from the beginning for solo performance, but this seems unlikely. These songs of victory were sung by a chorus to the accompaniment of flute and lyre, generally at the celebration held in the victor?s city.?Pindar?s ?Epinikia? give the impression of a sometimes kaleidoscopic mixture of diverse elements, tied together by loose and even willful transitions. Yet anyone who has any feeling for poetry cannot escape the feeling that in the last resort all this multiplicity is subsumed under a great unity. [.] The epinikion elevates the significant event of victory into the realm of values, the world from which the poet?s creation flows. This world is displayed and exemplified in its various spheres: in the divine itself, in the tales of heroes, in the rules of conduct and not least in the poet?s own creative acti. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: [Works in Greek] Pindari Olympia. Pythia. ...
Publisher: Paul Estienne,
Publication Date: 1599

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