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His breeds of horses were famous the world over, and so was the number of his racing-chariots. No one else ever entered seven of these at the Olympic games—neither commoner nor king—but he alone. And his coming off first, second, and fourth victor (as Thucydides says;1 third, according to Euripides), transcends in the splendor of its renown all that ambition can aspire to in this field. [2] The ode of Euripides2 to which I refer runs thus:—

Thee will I sing, O child of Cleinias;
A fair thing is victory, but fairest is what no other Hellene has achieved,
To run first, and second, and third in the contest of racing-chariots,
And to come off unwearied, and, wreathed with the olive of Zeus,
To furnish theme for herald's proclamation.

1 In a speech of Alcibiades, Thuc. 6.16.2.

2 An Epinikion, or hymn of victory, like the extant odes of Pindar.

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