Pindar, Olympian Odes

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1. ΙΕΡΩΝΙ ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΙΚΕΛΗΤΙ

Α΄ Ἄριστον μὲν ὕδωρ, ὁ δὲ χρυσὸς αἰθόμενον πῦρ ἅτε διαπρέπει νυκτὶ μεγάνορος ἔξοχα πλούτου· εἰ δ᾿ ἄεθλα γαρύεν ἔλδεαι, φίλον ἦτορ, 5μηκέτ᾿ ἀελίου σκόπει ἄλλο θαλπνότερον ἐν ἁμέρᾳ φαεν- νὸν ἄστρον ἐρήμας δι᾿ αἰθέρος, μηδ᾿ Ὀλυμπίας ἀγῶνα φέρτερον αὐδάσομεν· ὅθεν ὁ πολύφατος ὕμνος ἀμφιβάλλεται σοφῶν μητίεσσι, κελαδεῖν 10Κρόνου παῖδ᾿ ἐς ἀφνεὰν ἱκομένους μάκαιραν Ἱέρωνος ἑστίαν,

θεμιστεῖον ὃς ἀμφέπει σκᾶπτον ἐν πολυμήλῳ Σικελίᾳ, δρέπων μὲν κορυφὰς ἀρετᾶν ἄπο πασᾶν, ἀγλαΐζεται δὲ καί

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Olympian 1

1. FOR HIERON OF SYRACUSEWINNER, SINGLE-HORSE RACE, 476 B.C.

Best is water, while gold, like fire blazing Str. 1 in the night, shines preeminent amid lordly wealth. But if you wish to sing of athletic games, my heart, 1 5look no further than the sun for another star shining more warmly by day through the empty sky, nor let us proclaim a contest greater than Olympia. From there comes the famous hymn that encompasses the thoughts of wise men, who have come 10in celebration of Cronus’ son 2 to the rich and blessed hearth of Hieron,

who wields the rightful scepter 3 in flock-rich Ant. 1 Sicily. He culls the summits of all achievements and is also glorified

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pindar-olympian_odes.1997