Friday, January 22, 2021


Gifts of the Gods

Pindar, Pythian Odes 1.41-42 (tr. John Sandys):
From the gods come all the means of mortal exploits; thanks to the gods are men wise and brave and eloquent.

ἐκ θεῶν γὰρ μαχαναὶ πᾶσαι βροτέαις ἀρεταῖς,
καὶ σοφοὶ καὶ χερσὶ βιαταὶ περίγλωσσοί τ᾽ ἔφυν.
The same, tr. Richmond Lattimore:
From the gods come all means to mortal endeavor;
by them we are wise, or strong with our hands, or eloquent of speech.

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