Volume 54 Number 2
  • ISSN: 0165-8204
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1573



The origin of the Olympics is a topic much researched by historians and archaeologists, who are eager to reconstruct ‘wie es eigentlich gewesen’. An ancient poet like Pindar had a very different take on this issue: he constructs a past that is attractive to the victors in the games, and does so by modelling the mythic past closely after the historic present. This phenomenon of invented tradition is illustrated in detail for the two odes in which Heracles is portrayed as inventor of the Olympic Games.


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