Earthpages.ca

Think Free

Pindar

Leave a comment


Pindar, Roman copy of Greek 5th century BC bus...

Pindar, Roman copy of Greek 5th century BC bust (Museo Archeologica Nazionale, Naples) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pindar (c. 520- 445 BCE) was a Greek poet born just outside of Thebes.

He was recognized in his lifetime as the author of many Odes, but only four books survive today. These describe and honor the champions of the Olympian, Pythian, Nemean and Isthmian games.

Wikipedia says:

Pindar was the first Greek poet to reflect on the nature of poetry and on the poet’s role. Like other poets of the Archaic Age, he has a profound sense of the vicissitudes of life, but he also articulates a passionate faith in what men can achieve by the grace of the gods, most famously expressed in the conclusion to one of his Victory Odes:

Creatures for a day! What is a man?
What is he not? A dream of a shadow
Is our mortal being. But when there comes to men
A gleam of splendour given of heaven,
Then rests on them a light of glory
And blessed are their days.¹

¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pindar

Related » Aesculapius, Aphrodite, Blessed Isles

A tour of the RISD Museum in 20 objects, part two

Advertisements

Author: Earthpages.ca

Earthpages.ca is about dialogue, understanding and positive change. Write as many entries as you like. We're not afraid of new ideas!

What are you thinking?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s