11.49). Odes of Pindar (Myers)/Pythian Odes/1. Ring-composed, Pindar returns in the final lines to the mutual dependency of victory and poetry, where "song needs deeds to celebrate, and success needs songs to make the areta last". Pindar Pythian 1. Pindar next wrote ‘Pythian 1,’ once again for celebrating Hieron of Aetna’s victory. Most of the odes were composed in honour of men or youths who achieved a victory at those festivals. The mythological narrative represents Typhon as pinned down by Aitna and Kumai, locations associated with Hieron. Introduction. And instead of short-finned dolphins they shall take to them fleet mares, and reins instead of oars shall they ply, and speed the whirlwind-footed car. Upon winning the chariot race at the Pythian games in 470, Hieron, ruler of Syracuse, was announced as a citizen of Aetna, thereby publicizing his founding of that city in 476/5 with 5,000 settlers from Syracuse and 5,000 from the Peloponnesus (Diod. Pythian 1 deploys athletic victory as a sign for the foundation of Hieron’s city of Aitna. Sic. Through his association with victors, the poet hopes to be "famed in sophia among Greeks everywhere" (lines 115-6). Pindar's Olympian Ode 1 is a poem that serves a similar purpose as a speech at the end of an athletic event. Pindar, Pythian 1: Commentary Bell-Schlatter 4 of his thunderbolt, which is laid to rest here [Pythian 1, line 5]), but also, as here, the vibrating strings of a lyre (Olympian 9.13).The ambivalence of the word highlights the paradoxical nature of the song that both soothes martial force and yet tells of martial The introduction in Vol. Pindar Pythian 6. Pindar's First Pythian Ode is an ancient Greek epinicion praising Hiero of Syracuse for a victory in the Pythian Games.The poem's occasion is Hiero's victory in the chariot race of 470 BC, corresponding to the foundation of the city of Aetna which is also praised by the poet. The song balances internal civic harmony against military victory over external foes. Many Olympian odes followed after this, including ‘Olympian 6,’ cherishing the victory of Agesias of Syracuse and ‘Olympian 12’ for Ergoteles of Himera’s victory. Its opening portrays music as an expression of the harmonies of good government. ; Pindar's victory odes are grouped into four books named after the Olympian, Pythian, Isthmian, and Nemean Games–the four Panhellenic festivals held respectively at Olympia, Delphi, Corinth and Nemea. Race's 2 volume loeb set is a most useful tool for any reader of Pindar.  Although the occasion of the ode is a Pythian chariot victory (also mentioned at Ol. Pindar's Fourth Pythian Ode 466 BCE ...  of Epaphos shall sometime be planted with a root to bring forth cities that shall possess the minds of men, where Zeus Ammon's shrine is builded. Race also gives a good summary of some Epinician conventions to facilitate Pindar's highly artificial language. From Wikisource < Odes of Pindar ... Pindar might well delight to honour those who had been waging so well against the barbarians of the South and West the same war which the Hellenes of the mother-country waged against the barbarians of the East. sister projects: Wikipedia article, Commons category, Wikidata item. 1 is clear, concise, and gives a decent overview of the textual transmission.
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