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This is the conclusory chapter of this book, which presents an outlook on man in his relationship to both extra-human powers and his fellow man. Briefing of cosmological topics suggests that Pindar's work is founded on an outlook that does not admit of any serious variation and that the same cosmological ideas are found in all poems. In Isthmian 4, to compensate for the ugliness of the victor the poet focuses on deeds as the basis for praiseworthiness. Divine power also features prominently in Olympian 9 but here the focus is on acknowledging it as the source of all human ability. The varying perspectives on cosmological ideas are communicated by the poet persona, an important role player in most of the poems. From the poems treated in this book it has become clear that it is part of the poet's task in the victory odes to deal with cosmological issues.

Keywords: cosmological ideas; divine power; extra-human powers; Isthmian 4; Olympian 9; Pindar; victory odes



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