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Just as appropriately, however, the poem can be described as â¦ 41 The Olympian Odes of Pindar, like all of his epinician hymns, start with a preamble, usually containing an invocation to a deity or personified idea. W. H. Race, Pindar (Boston 1986); Style and Rhetoric in Pindarâs Odes (Atlanta 1990). Pindar. His forty-five victory odes celebrate triumphs in athletic contests at the four great Panhellenic festivals: the Olympicâ¦ Pindar's Seventh Olympian Ode celebrates the Olympic boxing victory in 464 won by Diagoras of the Rhodian family of the Eratidai.' Pindar, Olympian Ode 7. The scholia claim that Ol. Like Simonides and Bacchylides, Pindar wrote elaborate odes in honor of prize-winning athletes for public performance by singers, dancers, and musicians. FIRELESS SACRIFICES: PINDAR'S OLYMPIAN 7 AND THE PANATHENAIC FESTIVAL. 11 was written to pay the interest on the debt mentioned in Ol. W. Schadewaldt, Der Aufbau des pindarischen Epinikion (Halle 1928). The metre of Olympian II is still a matter of some difficulty. T he lyric poet Pindar has composed four groups of epinician (triumphal) hymns, addressed or referring to the winners of the four major Pan-Hellenic contests. An understanding of it is, however, not merely essential to any general theory of Pindar's metric â¦ Olympian 1 celebrates Hieronâs victory in the singlehorse race (keles) in 476 (confirmed by P. Oxy. There long ago he [Helios] lay with Rhodos and begot seven sons, endowed beyond all men of old with genius of thoughtful mind. Pindar Olympian 1. It has commonly been recognized as differing from Pindar's other metres, but many opinions have been held of its character. These works will be referred to in the following paper by the author's name only. Pindar Olympian 11. D. C. Young, Three Odes of Pindar: A Literary Study of Pythian 11, Pythian 3, and Olympian 7 (Leiden 1968); Pindar Isthmian 7: Myth and Exempla (Leiden 1971). Following, reference is made to the name and origin of the victor, then to the sport and the location where the contest took place. 222). Many other places had cults of the twelve gods, including Delos, Chalcedon, Magnesia on the Maeander, and Leontinoi in Sicily. ... Olympian 7: Diagoras of Rhodes, Boxing-Match (464 BCE). 69 ff : "And there grew up from the watery wave this island [Rhodes], and great Helios who begets the fierce rays of the sun, holds her in his dominion, that ruler of the horses breathing fire. 10, while many modern editors (e.g., Dissen, Gildersleeve, Fennell, and Farnell) have followed Boeckh in reversing the order of the two odes on the supposition that Ol. Herodorus of Heraclea (c. 400 BC) also has Heracles founding a shrine at Olympia, with six pairs of gods, each pair sharing a single altar. Another of Pindar's Olympian odes mentions "six double altars." This poem commemorates the same event as the previous one, and their relationship has long been debated. 69-79; J. H. Barkhuizen, "Pindar's Seventh Olympian Ode," Acta Classica 23 (1980) 107-10. Introduction Over the last century and a half numerous articles, notes, and chapters of books, several commentaries, and two scholarly monographs have been devoted to Olympian 71. These have established the odeâs ring-compositional structure and its Rubin, "Olympians 7: The Toast and the Future Prayer," Hermes 108 (1980) 248-52; "Pindar's Creation of Epinician Symbols: Olympians 7 and 6," CW 74 (1980) 67-87, esp. The more prestigious four-horse chariot race (tethrippon) was won by Theron of Acragas and celebrated by Pindar in Olympians 2 and 3. Olympian 7: Rhodes, Athens, and the Diagorids* 1. About the Olympian Odes.