Open House | Musical Heroes: A Discussion of Pindar’s Pythian 12, with Maša Ćulumović

We were excited to welcome back Maša Ćulumović  for an Open House. The topic of the discussion is “Musical Heroes: A Discussion on Pindar’s Pythian 12.” The event took place on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and was recorded.

To get ready for the event, you might like to read:

Pythian 12, PDF handout (English, translated by Maša Ćulumović)

Pythian 12 (Greek), on Scaife

Maša Ćulumović invites us to think about the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between musical and athletic contests in ancient Greece?
  • Does Pindar address them differently or handle the praise of the victor in these skills (tekhnai) in different ways?
  • What cultural and anthropological role did the pipes (auloi) play in ancient Greece?
  • How are we to understand Pindar’s version of the invention of pipe music that originated in (female) lament? And why is that the appropriate aitiology to elaborate in a victory ode?

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Maša Ćulumović

Maša ĆulumovićMaša Ćulumović is currently working on A Pindar Commentary in Progress, a digital CHS publication, which she is co-editing with Gregory Nagy. She has previously held positions at Furman University, University of Puget Sound, Miami University, and Brandeis University, and was a Postdoctoral Researcher directing an EU-funded project Poetics of Space in Ancient Greek Victory Odes. She has published on Pindar and is an editor of the CHS Classics@ volume on Ancient Lyric Poetry as well as a co-editor and a contributor to the proceedings of the Logic of Lists workshop to be published in the next Classics@ issue. Her ongoing project is the study of poetics of space, geography, and landscape in ancient epinicians.