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Pindar, Pythian (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien),
Pythian 4For Arcesilas of CyreneChariot Race462 B. C. (search)
fleece lay in a thicket, held in the ravening jaws of a serpent,which in thickness and length surpassed a ship with fifty oars, built by the blows of a hammer.
It is too long a way for me to go by the beaten track; for time presses, and I know a shortcut. In poetic skill I am a guide to many others. Jason killed the gray-eyed serpent with its dappled back by cunning,Arcesilas, and stole away Medea, with her own help, to be the death of Pelias. And they reached the expanses of Ocean, and the Red Sea, and the race of the Lemnian women, who killed their husbands. There they displayed their prowess of limbs in athletic contests with a cloak for a prize,
and they went to bed with the women. In foreignfields then the fated day, or night, received the seed of your shining prosperity; for there the race of Euphemus was planted, to continue forever. And having gone to share the home of the Lacedaemonians, in time they left to settle the island once called Calliste. From there the son of Leto g