Friday, February 12, 2021


Defender of the Fatherland

Pindar, Isthmian Odes 7.26-30 (tr. G.S. Conway):
                    But for the brave is laid in store
The recompense of honour. Let him know well
        Whoever in this dark
Storm-cloud fends off from his beloved land
        The blood-stained hail of war,
And brings destruction to the enemy's host,
Such a man shall exalt his city's race
        To the utmost of glory,
Both while he lives and when he is no more.

τιμὰ δ᾽ ἀγαθοῖσιν ἀντίκειται.
ἴστω γὰρ σαφὲς ὅστις ἐν ταύτᾳ νεφέλᾳ χάλα-
ζαν αἵματος πρὸ φίλας πάτρας ἀμύνεται,
λοιγὸν ἄντα φέρων ἐναντίῳ στρατῷ,
ἀστῶν γενεᾷ μέγιστον κλέος αὔξων
ζώων τ᾽ ἀπὸ καὶ θανών.

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