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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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Hagesias as Sunoikistēr

Hagesias as Sunoikistēr

Mantic Authority and Colonial Ideology in Pindar’s Olympian 6

(p.108) 5 Hagesias as Sunoikistēr
Seer and the City

Margaret Foster

University of California Press

This chapter reveals what happens when a seer is included in a foundation and the poetic maneuvers required to effect this incorporation. I consider both the broader historical and political significance of Pindar’s description of the seer Hagesias in Olympian 6 as a sunoikistêr (cofounder) as well as how Hagesias’s double role (as both a seer and a sunoikistêr) is handled within Pindar’s poetics. By praising Hagesias in the ode as an athletic victor, seer, and sunoikistêr, Pindar marks Hagesias as a figure who enjoys enormous ritual power. Insofar as he characterizes the seer as a sunoikistêr, however, Pindar also introduces an uneasy element of competition into Hagesias’s relationship with his own patron, Hieron, the self-proclaimed oikist of Aitna.

Keywords:   Pindar, epinician, Hagesias, Olympian 6, Hieron, Syracuse

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