For Hieron of Syracuse
Chariot Race at Delphi
470 B. C.
Golden-haired Apollo still loves the state of Syracuse and honors Hieron, the city's lawful ruler. For his praises are sung as a Pythian victor for a third time beside the navel of the high-ridged land,
through the excellence of his swift-footed horses. Ourania's sweet-voiced cockerel, ruler of the lyre ... but with willing mind ...
showered with hymns.
And yet a fourth time we would be honoring the son of Deinomenes if some ... held the scales of Justice ...
he can be crowned with garlands, as the only man on earth who has accomplished this in the vale of Cirrha
by the sea; and he has two Olympian victories to sing of as well. What is better than to be loved by the gods
and to be granted a share of every kind of noble deed?