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The poet as mediator of cosmology

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The chapter overviews, a useful backdrop against which an evaluation can be made of the presentation of cosmological concerns as they pertain to a specific victor and his unique circumstances, as well as of Pindar's general strategy regarding the positioning of a poem in its cosmological context. The analyses suggest that Pindar is not an unthinking spokesman for a rigidly enforced world view, but that he further consciously exploits this element to his encomiastic ends. In this chapter author takes a closer look at the role of the poet in mediating cosmological ideas. First Isthmian 4 and Olympian 13 are considered again with the focus on the poet's modification of a cosmological principle in the former and demonstration of such principles in the latter. In conclusion the perspectives the poet gives on the same cosmological theme in two full-length odes, Olympian 9 and Nemean 3, are compared.

Keywords: cosmological theme; Cosmology; full-length odes; Isthmian; mediator; Nemean; Olympian; Pindar; poet



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