Of the nine lyric poets1
Pindar is by far the greatest, in virtue of his inspired
magnificence, the beauty of his thoughts and figures,
the rich exuberance of his language and matter,
and his rolling flood of eloquence, characteristics
which, as Horace2 rightly held, make him
1 The five not mentioned here are Aleman, Sappho, Ibycus,
Anacreon and Bacchylides.
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