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Pindar, Pythian (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien),
Pythian 6For Xenocrates of AcragasChariot Race490 B. C. (search)
joined on the powerful son of Peleus, when he was separated from his parents: first of the gods, worship the son of Cronus, the loud-voiced ruler of lightning and thunder;and never deprive your parents of such honor during their allotted lifetime.
Long ago, too, powerful Antilochus showed that he had this way of thinking;he died for his father's sake, by awaiting the man-slaying commander of the Ethiopians, Memnon. For the horse kept Nestor's chariot from moving, since it had been wounded by Paris' arrows; and Memnon was aiming his strong spear.The old man of Messene, his mind reeling, shouted to his son;
the cry he hurled did not fall to the ground; his god-like son stayed on the spot and paid for his father's rescue with his own life,and because he accomplished this tremendous deed he seemed to the younger men to be the greatest man of his time in excellence towards his parents. These things are past. Of men alive today, Thrasybulusmore than anyone has approached his father' s stand