Words and the Musician: Pindar’s Dactylo-Epitrites

TitleWords and the Musician: Pindar’s Dactylo-Epitrites
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPhillips, T
EditorPhillips, T, D'Angour, A
Ancient AuthorsPindarus Lyr. (TLG 0033), Dionysius Halicarnassensis Hist., Rhet. (TLG 0081)
Book TitleMusic, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece
PublisherOxford University Press

The central claim advanced in this chapter is that significant connections between rhythm and semantic content form an important and under-examined stylistic feature of Pindar’s dactylo-epitrite epincians. In particular, the chapter focuses on passages in which sonic and rhythmical features express or imitate aspects of what the texts refer to, and that this ‘imitation’ could assume various degrees of complexity and abstraction depending on the nature of the linguistic referents of a given passage. The final part of the chapter examines how strophic responsion creates semantic and thematic connections between stanzas. A case is made for moving beyond a mode of reading that sees rhythmical features exclusively as subordinated to semantic meaning. [https://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780198794462.001.0001/oso-9780198794462-chapter-4]


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