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Pindar

Πίνδαρος, 522-438 BC ,  Ancient Greek lyric poet
PindarAncient Greek lyric poet from Thebes. Of the canonical nine lyric poets of ancient Greece, his work is the best preserved.
He was master of epinicia, choral odes celebrating victories achieved in the Pythian, Olympic, Isthmian, and Nemean games.

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Man is the dream of a shadow.

Σκιάς όναρ άνθρωπος.


It is better to be envied than pitied.

Κρέσσων γαρ οικτιρμού φθόνος.


The best, however, [is] water

Άριστον μεν ύδωρ.


Time is the ancestor of everything.

Χρόνος ο πάντων πρόγονος.


Gold is the nerves of the war.

Νεύρα πολέμου χρυσός.


Often is man's best wisdom to be silent.

Το σιγάν πολλάκις εστί σοφώτατον ανθρώπω νοήσαι.


For words live longer down the years than deeds.

Ρήμα δ᾽ εργμάτων χρονιώτερον βιοτεύει.


War is sweet to those who have no experience of it.

Γλυκύ δ᾽απείρῳ πόλεμος.


Wise is he who knows much by nature.

Σοφὸς ο πολλά ειδώς φυά.


Be what you know you are.

Γένοι' οίος εσσί μαθών.












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