For Argeius of Ceos
Boys' Boxing Match (?) at the Isthmus
Daughters of Zeus ruling on high, famed for the lyre, ... Pierian Muses ... weave
... Isthmian land ... son-in-law of wise Nereus ...
... of the island
... god-built gates of Pelops' shining island
... yoked horses to chariots,
and they flew ...
... thick ... maidens ...
of sleep, like honey to the mind ... our ... ancient city ... [homes] on the shores of the sea ...
[and under] the rays of the sun ...
... and Makelo, loving the distaff,
... by the fair-flowing stream ... speaks ... fawning with the voice ...
... I am bereaved ... with double-edged grief ...
deprivation ... totally ...
... on the third day warlike Minos came with a host of Cretans
in fifty ships with flashing sterns.
And by the will of Zeus Eukleios he subdued the deep-waisted maiden Dexithea, and left with her half of his people,
battle-loving men, to whom he gave the craggy land as their share; and then he sailed off to the lovely city of Knossos
the king, the son of Europa. And in the tenth month the bride with beautiful hair bore
Euxantius, to be ruler over the glorious island ...
... daughters ...
... city cut deep by the sun's rays.
From his (Euxantius'?) family descended Argeius, who has a strong hand and the spirit of a lion, whenever the need for battle befalls him; and he is
light on his feet, and does not ... the fine qualities of his father,
those which Apollo, famed for the bow, bestowed on Pantheides: the art of healing,
and friendly honor towards guests. With a good share of the Graces, and admired by many men, when he ended his life he left behind five greatly-praised sons,
one of whom the son of Cronus seated on high has made a victor at the Isthmus, in return for good deeds, and has given a share of other shining garlands. I say it now and I always will: excellence has the greatest glory.
Wealth keeps company with worthless men as well,
and it tends to swell a man's thoughts; but he who does well to the gods cheers his heart with a more glorious hope.
If a mortal has been granted health and can live off his own goods, he rivals the most fortunate. There is joy in all human life
as long as it lacks disease and helpless deprivation. The rich man desires great things the same way the poor man desires less.
But it is not sweet for mortals to get everything easily; they always seek to catch what flees from them.
A man whose spirit is whirled about by the lightest ambitions
has honor only as long as he lives. Excellence is a difficult struggle, but when the struggle is completed rightly it leaves a man, even when he dies, the enviable ornament of renown.