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Pindar - OLYMPIAN 2 Theron of Akmgas Chariot race 476 B.C...

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Unformatted text preview: OLYMPIAN 2 Theron of Akmgas, Chariot race, 476 B .C. — Ol vmpicm 2 contains Pindar s longest and most explicit reflections on the ate of the soul after death. The U—UUU passage, which describes the soul 5 reincarnations, begins in the third stand and occupies the whole fourth triad. '—l‘he sentence introducing it is left 111complete. Pindar seems about to draw the conventional conclusion that a man of wealth and success who understands human fate will invest in poetry (see the Introduction, [’mdar’s Genre). but instead the thought of death leads him 111 another direction. A man forgets the strain of contending when he triumphs. And wealth, uplifted by nobility, gives scope for actions of every kind, kindling the heart with zeal for achievement, 3 star far—seen, a man‘s truest beacon—light. And if, possessing it, one knows what must befalle that of those who die here, the arrogant are punished without delay, for someone under the earth weighs transgressions in this realm of Zeus, and there is iron compulsmn in his word. t55—60) But with equal nights and equal days, possessing the sun forever, the noble enjoy an easy existence, troubling neither earth nor the sea’s waters in might of hand for an empty living, but with the gods they honored, all who delighted in oath—keeping abide free of affliction, while the others go through pain not to be looked at. (61—67) And those who have endured three times in either realm to keep their souls untainted by any injustice, travel Zeus’ road to the tower of Kronos, where ocean—born breezes blow around the island of the blest and sprays of gold flower from the earth and from the sea— with these they wreathe their hands and crown their heads, (68—74) obeying the high decrees of Rhadamanthys, who sits, a ready companion, beside the great Father, consort of Rhea throned on high. Among them dwell the heroes Peleus and Kadmos and Achilleus, whom Thetis, moving Zeus’ heart with prayer, brought to their company, her son (75—80) who smote Hektor to the ground, Troy’s invincible, unyielding bastion, 5 and consigned to death Kyknosiand Memnon, child 01‘ the Dawn. ...
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