The Greek poet Pindar (c. 518-428 BC) composed victory odes for winners in the ancient Games, including the Olympics. He celebrated the victories of athletes competing in foot races, horse races, boxing, wrestling, all-in fighting and the pentathlon, and his Odes are fascinating not only for their poetic qualities, but for what they tell us about the Games. Pindar praises the victor by comparing him to mythical heroes and the gods, but also reminds the athlete of his human limitations. The Odes contain versions of some of ...

The Complete Odes 2008, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

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The Complete Odes 2007, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780192805539

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