'What Pindar catches is the joy beyond ordinary emotions as it transcends and transforms them' C. M. Bowra
Arguably the greatest Greek lyric poet, Pindar (518-438 B.C.) was a controversial figure in fifth-century Greecea conservative Boiotian aristocrat who studied in Athens and a writer on physical prowess whose interest in the Games was largely philosophical. Pindar's Epinician Odeschoral songs extolling victories in the Games at Olympia, Delphi, Nemea and Korinthcover the whole spectrum of the Greek moral order, from earthly competition to fate and mythology. But in C. M. Bowra's clear translation his one central image stands outthe successful athlete transformed and transfigured by the power of the gods.
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