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Seer and the CityReligion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece$
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Margaret Foster

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295001

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295001.001.0001

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The Disappearance of Melampous in Bacchylides’ Ode 11

The Disappearance of Melampous in Bacchylides’ Ode 11

(p.88) 4 The Disappearance of Melampous in Bacchylides’ Ode 11
Seer and the City

Margaret Foster

University of California Press

Chapter 4 reads Bacchylides’s Ode 11 as a specific example of the ideological suppression of the seer in colonial discourse. In his rendition of the myth of the Proitids, Bacchylides deliberately omits the seer Melampous and, at the same time, casts Proitos’s arrival in Tiryns as a foundation, with Proitos himself as its oikist. The chapter concludes with a connection between this strategy within the ode and its tantalizing historical context. The ode appears to be part of the family of the victor’s larger effort to resist a virtual refoundation of their city by a seer-like figure.

Keywords:   Bacchylides, Melampous, Proitus, Proitids, Tiryns, Metapontion, epinician

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