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Pindar, Olympian (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien),
Olympian 8For Alcimedon of AeginaBoys' Wrestling460 B. C. (search)
eacus, whom wide-ruling Poseidon and the son of Leto, when they were about to build the crown of walls to encircle Ilium, summoned as a fellow worker; for it was fated that when war arose,in the city-destroying battles, that wall would breathe forth ravening smoke.
And three gray-green serpents, when the wall was newly built, tried to leap into it; two of them fell down, stunned, and gave up their lives,and the third leapt up with a cry. Pondering this adverse omen, Apollo said right away: “Pergamos is taken, hero, through the works of your hands—so says a vision sent to me from the son of Cronus, loud-thundering Zeus—
not without your sons: the city will be destroyed Reading with Gildersleeve r(a/zetai for a)/rzetai.with the first generation, and with the third.”Reading with the MSS terta/tois. See GRBS 1987. The god spoke clearly, and then hurried on his way, driving to Xanthus, and to the Amazons with their fine horses, and to the Danube. And the wielder of the trident drove his sw