By Sari Pietikäinen, FinlandAlexandra Jaffe, Long BeachHelen Kelly-Holmes, and Nikolas Coupland
Sociolinguistics from the Periphery "presents a fascinating book about change: shifting political, economic and cultural conditions; ephemeral, sometimes even seasonal, multilingualism; and altered imaginaries for minority and indigenous languages and their users."
Das Gleiche im Verschiedenen [The Same in the Different. Sport Metaphors and Praise of the Victor in Pindar's Epinikia]
Metapher des Sports und Lob des Siegers in Pindars Epinikien
Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte 102
The Greek poet Pindar (c. 520-440 BC) wrote odes honouring the victors of Greek sporting festivals such as the Olympic Games. They have long been a source of curiosity to scholars, particularly since they appear to mention the victor only in passing. This book, using the methodology of Charles S. Peirce’s semiotics and by reconstructing the cultural historical setting, reveals that this impression is misleading: in songs with a coherent and meaningful structure, Pindar uses elaborate sporting metaphors to praise the victors exuberantly and presents them as present-day heroes.