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Bacchylides, Epinicians (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien),
For Hieron of Syracuse
Chariot Race at
Delphi 470 B. C.
Ode 4 For Hieron of Syracuse Chariot Race at Delphi 470 B. C. Golden-haired Apollo still loves the state of Syracuse and honors Hieron, the city's lawful ruler. For his praises are sung as a Pythian victor for a third time beside the navel of the high-ridged land, through the excellence of his swift-footed horses. Ourania's sweet-voiced cockerel, ruler of the lyre but with willing mind showered with hymns. And yet a fourth time we would be honoring the son of Deinomenes if some held the scales of Justice he can be crowned with garlands, as the only man on earth who has accomplished this in the vale of Cirrha by the sea; and he has two Olympian victories to sing of as well. What is better than to be loved by the gods and to be granted a share of every kind of noble deed?