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Hieron of Siracuse in Pindar's first Pythian Ode

Grant number: 17/17338-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2017
Effective date (End): April 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Classical Literatures
Principal researcher:Christian Werner
Grantee:Ricardo Tieri de Brito
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The current research project aims to investigate Hieron of Syracuse's depiction in Pindar's First Pythian Ode. Dating from 470 B.C., the poem mobilizes the celebration of the Deinomenid tyrant's victory in the chariot race during the Pythian Games as a positive omen for the foundation of the polis of Aetna in the context of the expansionist policy of the dynasty to which he belongs. The double compliment to Hieron, as a victorious athlete and as founder (oikistes), raises questions about the epinikion flexibility as a type of archaic Greek choral poetry, in particular, about the role poetry plays in legitimization strategies implemented by tyrannical autocracies in the Greek Sicily in the beginning of the 5th century B.C. (AU)

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