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Pindar, Isthmean (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien),
Isthmian 1For Herodotus of ThebesChariot Race?458 B. C. (search)
intent upon keeping persistent famine from his belly.But he who wins rich renown in the games or in war receives the highest gain: to be well spoken of by his fellow-citizens and by strangers, the choicest bloom of speech.
For us it is right to celebrate the earth-shaking son of Cronus, returning a good deed to our beneficent neighbor, the lord of horse-racing and chariots;and to invoke your sons, Amphitryon, and the secluded valley of Minyas, and Eleusis, the famous precinct of Demeter, and Euboea, when we speak of curving race-courses.
Protesilas, I add besides your sacred ground in Phylace, the home of Achaean men.But the brief limits of my song prevent me from telling of all the victories that Hermes, lord of games, granted to Herodotus and his horses. Truly, often that which is hushed in silence actually brings greater pleasure.
May he, raised up on the splendid wings of the Pierian Muses with their lovely voices,also arm his hand with wreaths from Pytho, with exquisite wreaths f