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Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Pindar, Paean 1

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In the course of classical web browsing I came across this interesting post on a fragment of Pindar. Here’s the text and Nicholas’ translation, which I’ve taken the liberty of borrowing as I don’t think I can improve upon it.

πρὶν ὀδυνηρὰ γήραος σχεδὸν μολεῖν,
πρίν τις εὐθυμίᾳ σκιαζέτω
νόημ’ ἄκοτον ἐπὶ μέτρα, ἰδών
δύναμιν οἰκόθετον

Just before reaching the pains of old age,
let a man gladly shelter
a peaceful mind for the sake of moderation, having seen
power stored in his home.

The rest of Nestor’s Cup is well worth exploring as well.

Written by aleatorclassicus

September 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Pindar

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