For Timodemus of Acharnae
?485 B. C.
Just as the Homeridae, the singers of woven verses, most often begin with Zeus as their prelude, so this man has received a first down-payment of victory in the sacred games by winning
in the grove of Nemean Zeus, which is celebrated in many hymns.
And if the life that guides him straight along the path of his fathers has given him as an adornment to great Athens, it must be that the son of Timonous will often reap the finest bloom of the Isthmian games, and be victorious in the Pythian contests.
It is right
for Orion to travel not far from the mountain Pleiades. And certainly Salamis
can raise a warrior. In Troy Hector heard of Aias. And you, Timodemus, are exalted
by your enduring spirit of valor in the pancratium.
Acharnae has long been famous for fine men. And in everything that has to do with contests, the sons of Timodemus are proclaimed the most outstanding. Beside Parnassus
, ruling on high, they carried off four victories in the games,
while the men of Corinth
have already given them eight garlands in the glades of noble Pelops; in the Nemean contest of Zeus they have won seven times, and at home their victories are countless. Citizens, praise Zeus in a victory procession for Timodemus' glorious homecoming.
Begin with a sweet-singing voice!