Friday, August 21, 2020
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Men must die, so why should anyone crouch in darkness,Stephen Instone ad loc.:
aimlessly nursing an undistinguished old age,
without a share in glorious deeds?
θανεῖν δ᾽ οἷσιν ἀνάγκα, τά κέ τις ἀνώνυμον
γῆρας ἐν σκότῳ καθήμενος ἕψοι μάταν,
ἁπάντων καλῶν ἄμμορος;
C.M. Bowra, Pindar (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964), p. 96:
The true splendour of Pindar's world lies not in the hopes of radiant rewards after death, but in the worth of high endeavours for their own sake as proof of a man's courage and efforts. It is these that bring glory, and glory is the highest happiness and the richest reward in which a man can put his trust. Undying renown is for Pindar a more substantial consolation than any after-life below the earth or beyond the western sea.