Pick an athlete of our modern era, from 1900 until today. Construct a 3 stanza ode (each stanza, 4 lines minimum) to the athlete’s achievement. How does the ode absorb that individual into the larger paradigm of aretē (virtues of excellence) being celebrated by the culture? Utilize what you’ve read about athletics in ancient Greece, especially Reid’s article on athletes and heroes, for inspiration. One-page rationale: in one page, discuss how you crafted a modern ode to the athlete’s achievement. Content: What aspects did you decide to provide great detail in? What areas were obscured? What areas from ancient odes of Greek athletes were not compatible? What did you replace these areas with? Author: Who is the author or performer of the ode? How is it disseminated or performed? Useful links to also consult: Pindar’s Olympian 1 ode on Heiron’s chariot victory: 1. Study guide on Olympian 1 (especially pages 11-12 in the PDF): http://people.uncw.edu/deagona/CLA%20209%20F-11/Pindar%20d1a.pdf 2. Pindar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pindar
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