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Mythical Chronology In The Odes Of Pindar. The Cases Of Pythian 10 And Olympian 3

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This paper investigates the issue of chronology with specific regard to the myths of Pythian 10 and Olympian 3. By way of his analysis of Pythian 10, the author says that there is no way in which the chronological sequence of the mythical events of the ode can be ascertained. In a number of ways, the case of Pindar’s Olympian 3 is similar to that of Pythian 10. Again, the myth, describes an encounter with the Hyperboreans; and again, the chronological sequence of the events is heavily debated. In conclusion, with regard to both Olympian 3 and Pythian 10, there is no need to assume that Pindar and his audience had no interest in different levels of pastness. In Pythian 10 the chronological ambiguity may serve to enhance the ode's encomiastic rhetoric, whereas in Olympian 3, the chronological order of the mythical events can be reliably inferred from the context.

Keywords: Hyperboreans; Mythical Chronology; Ode; Olympian 3; Pindar; Pythian 10



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