Heroes and hooves: Outstanding horses in Posidippus' Hippika

Mann, Christian

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/books.efa.6382
URL: https://books.openedition.org/efa/6622
Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2019
Book title: Les hippodromes et les concours hippiques dans la Grèce antique
The title of a journal, publication series: Bulletin de correspondance hellénique. Supplément
Volume: 62
Issue number: -
Page range: 323-334
Publisher: Moretti, Jean-Charles ; Balabanēs, Panos D.
Place of publication: Athènes
Publishing house: École française d’Athènes
ISBN: 978-2-86958-313-9 , 2-86958-313-3 , 978-2-86958-466-2
ISSN: 0304-2456 , 2241-0112
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Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Alte Geschichte, Archäologie (Mann 2011-)
Subject: 930 History of the ancient world to ca. 499, archaeology
Abstract: When hippic victors presented their agonistic success in epinicia and victory epigrams, the horses usually got their share of the praise: poets call them “swift” or “prize-bringing”, but mostly without any reference to the circumstances of the victory or to the actual performance of the horses. In some cases, however, the hippic praise is more specific; that is, when the poets describe particular qualities of the horses or memorable situations in the race. On the surface, such presentations of hoofed heroes seem to detract the reader's attention from the victor, but a more careful reading shows the poetic techniques, for example intertextual references to Homer and Pindar in Posidippus’ Hippika: praising the horses is a method of praising the victor, examples include the horse that runs without being whipped (Posidippus, 73 AB), the filly that wins the same race twice (Posidippus, 74 AB), and the “my horse and me” motif in Posidippus, 71 AB.

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