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Pindar, Nemean (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien),
For Alcimidas of Aegina
465 B. C.
Nemean 6 For Alcimidas of Aegina Boys' Wrestling ?465 B. C. There is one race of men, one race of gods; and from a single mother we both draw our breath. But all allotted power divides us: man is nothing, but for the gods the bronze sky endures as a secure home forever. Nevertheless, we bear some resemblance to the immortals, either in greatnessof mind or in nature, although we do not know, by day or by night, towards what goal fortune has written that we should run. Even now Alcimidas gives visible proof that his hereditary qualities are like the fruitful fields, which, in alternation,at one time give men yearly sustenance from the plains, and at another time gather strength from repose. He has come from the lovely games of Nemea, the athletic boy who, pursuing this ordinance of Zeus, has shown that he is a successful hunter in the wrestling ring, by planting his step in the tracks of his grandfather, his blood-relative. For that man, an Olympic victor, was the first to bring garla