Category Archives: Pindar

Pindar, Pythian 8.88-100 (Contributed by Chris Childers)

Written for Aristomenes of Aegina, victor in the wrestling competition in 446 BC, this is the latest of Pindar’s datable odes. It is also widely considered his darkest: the aging […]

Pindar, Pythian 1.1-12 (Chosen by Chris Childers)

One of Pindar’s grandest odes, the First Pythian celebrates Hieron of Syracuse’s chariot victory of 470 and his founding of the city of Aetna in 476/5 within a broader context […]

Pindar Olympian 10.1-12 (contributed by Nigel Nicholson)

This poem was written for Hagesidamos, the son of Archestratos, from Epizephyrian Locri, a decent sized city on the toe of Italy. Hagesidamos had won the boys’ boxing contest at […]

Olympian 1.1-13

This poem celebrates the victory of Hieron, ruler of Syracuse, in the single-horse race at the Olympic Games in 476BC. A number of Pindar’s victory odes were written for Sicilians, […]