aleator classicus

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Pindar, Hymns, fr.29

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The opening lines of Pindar’s first hymn.

Ἰσμηνὸν ἢ χρυσαλάκατον Μελίαν
ἢ Κάδμον ἤ Σπαρτῶν ἱερὸν γένος ἀνδρῶν
ἢ τὰν κυανάμπυκα Θήβαν
ἢ τὸ πάντολμον σθένος Ἡρακλέος
ἢ τὰν Διωνύσου πολυγαθέα τιμὰν
ἢ γάμον λευκωλένου Ἁρμονίας
ὑμνήσομεν;

Will it be Ismenus, or golden-spindled Melia, or Cadmus, or the holy race of Sown Men, or Thebe with the purple snood, or Heracles’ all-daring strength, or Dionysus’ joyous honour, or the marriage of white-armed Harmonia, that I shall sing?

Written by aleatorclassicus

January 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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