Odes of Pindar Volume 89-91

Odes of Pindar Volume 89-91

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...victory in the chariot race, in the Nemean games. argument. From the praises of Ortygia (an island near Sicily, and part of the city of Syracuse, to which it was joined by a bridge) Pindar passes to the subject or occasion of this Ode; viz. the victory obtained by Chromius in the Nemean games; which, as it was the first of that kind gained by him, the poet styles the basis of his future fame, laid by the cooperation of the gods, who assisted and seconded his divine virtues; and (adds he), if fortune continues to be favourable, he may arrive at the highest summit of glory. By which is meant chiefly, though wot solely, the gaining more prizes in the great or sacred games (particularly the Olympic), where the Muses constantly attend to celebrate and record the conquerors. From thence, after a short digression to the general praise of Sicily, he comes to an enumeration of the particular virtues of Chromius; viz. his hospitality, liberality, prudence in council, and courage in war. Then returning to the Nemean victory, he takes occasion, from so auspicious a beginning, to promise Chromins a large increase of glory; in like manner as Tiresias, the famous poet and prophet of Thebes (the country of Pindar), upon viewing the first exploit of Hercules, which was killing in his cradle the two serpents sent by Juno to devour him, foretold the subsequent achievements of that hero; and the great reward he should receive for all his labours, by being admitted into the number of the gods, and married to Hebe; with which story he concludes the Ode. STROPHE I. Sister of Delos1! pure abode Of virgin Cynthia, goddess of the chase! In whose recesses rests the' emerging flood Of AlpheuSjbreathingfromhis amorous race! 1 Sister of Delos! S;c. Ortygia is by Pindar styled...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659910
  • 9781236659910