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Pythian 7
For Megacles of Athens Four-Horse Chariot Race 486 B. C.

The great city of Athens is the most beautiful prelude of song, which the widely powerful race of the Alcmaeonids can lay as a foundation of odes in honor of their horses. [5] What fatherland, what family will you name that is more illustrious in Greece? For in all cities the story [10] of the citizens of Erechtheus makes the rounds, Apollo, how they made your dwelling in divine Pytho a marvel to see. Five Isthmian victories lead my song forward, and one outstanding triumph [15] at Zeus' Olympian games, and two from Cirrha— yours, Megacles, and your ancestors'. I rejoice at this new success; but I grieve that fine deeds are repaid with envy. [20] It is true what they say: the abiding bloom of good fortune brings with it both good and bad.

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    • W. W. How, J. Wells, A Commentary on Herodotus, 5.62
    • Thomas W. Allen, E. E. Sikes, Commentary on the Homeric Hymns, HYMN TO APOLLO
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