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Pindar, Olympian (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien),
Olympian 8For Alcimedon of AeginaBoys' Wrestling460 B. C. (search)
g all other men. For when there is a heavy weight in the balance that sways many ways, to judge with a straight mind and not inopportunelyis a difficult struggle. But some ordinance of the immortals set up as a divine pillar for visitors of all kinds this sea-girt land—and may the dawning time to come never tire of fulfilling this—
guarded by the Dorian people since the time of Aeacus, 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-thunde