Polyphony, Event, Context: Pindar, Paean 9

TitlePolyphony, Event, Context: Pindar, Paean 9
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPhillips, T
EditorBudelmann, F, Phillips, T
Ancient AuthorsPindarus Lyr. (TLG 0033)
Book TitleTextual Events: Performance and the Lyric in Early Greece
PublisherOxford University Press

This chapter argues that Pindar’s Paean 9 creates a complex relationship between enunciative and performative situations. This complexity is pragmatic, but is also informed by the poem’s intertextuality, its construction of voice, and its self-consciousness about its status as an aesthetic artefact. Paean 9 positions itself in a tradition of poems about eclipses; doing so reinforces its control over the event it memorializes. Its opening utterance is meant to be understood simultaneously as a spontaneous response to the eclipse and a crafted authorial utterance, and attunes audiences both to the gods’ ineffable power and man’s capacities for meaningful if provisional understanding of it. The poem’s capacity to make itself understood as separable from its performance context inflects the specific way in which it discharges its ritual aims. [https://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780198805823.001.0001/oso-9780198805823-chapter-9]


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