Pindar, Fragments

LCL 485: 284-285

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99. cf. Paus. 10.5.12 τὰ μέντοι ἄλλα με οὐκ ἔπειθεν ὁ λόγος ἢ Ἡφαίστου τὸν ναὸν τέχνην εἶναι ἢ τὰ ἐς τὰς ᾠδοὺς τὰς χρυσᾶς, ἃς δὴ Πίνδαρος ᾖσεν ἐπ᾿ ἐκείνῳ τῷ ναῷ· χρύσειαι[m-dash]ἄειδον κηληδόνες.

Κλυτοὶ μάντι [ες] Ἀπόλλωνος, ἐγὼ μὲν ὑπὲρ χθονός ὑ]π̣έρ τ᾿ ὠκεανοῦ Θέ̣μιδ̣ό̣ς τ᾿ ἐπι[ (desunt vv. 5–50, restant frustula vv. 51–61) 62Ἰυγ[γ ναόν· τὸν μὲν Ὑπερβορ[έοις ἄνεμος ζαμενὴς ἔμ<ε>ιξ[ 65ὦ Μοῖσαι· το<ῦ> δὲ παντέχ[νοις Ἁφαίστου παλάμαις καὶ Ἀθά[νας

  • 3-3suppl. Grenfell–Hunt
  • 63suppl. Hunt
  • 64<ε> add. Snell
  • 65-66, 68suppl. Hunt
  • 76, 78, 83, 86suppl. Lobel


and feathers, was sent by Apollo to the Hyperboreans. Pausanias disputes Pindar’s account about the third temple, supposedly made of bronze (10.5.12): “I remain unpersuaded by other aspects of the story, how the temple was the work of Hephaestus and the parts relating to the golden singers, which Pindar included in his song on this temple (‘above the pediment sang golden Charmers’).” Pausanias goes on to say that there were varying accounts of the temple’s disappearance: “Some say that it plunged into a chasm, others that it was melted by fire.” The fourth temple was built by Trophonius and Agamedes (cf. fr. 2).

Famous seers of Apollo, I (have come?) over the land, over the ocean, and to (the shrine?) of Themis53 . . . (lines 5–61 are missing or fragmentary)

Charmers54Ep. 63temple. The one55 a furious wind brought to the Hyperboreans . . . 65O Muses. But of the other,56 what arrangement was shown by the all-fashioning skills

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pindar-fragments.1997