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The Complete Odes (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 10 Jul 2008
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About the Author
Anthony Verity is a freelance translator and educational consultant who was formerly Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School and Master of Dulwich College. Other translations for Oxford include Jason and the Golden Fleece by Apollonius of Rhodes, and Idylls, by Theocritus. Stephen Instone is Honora Research Fellow, University College London --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mr Instone, who contributes the introduction to this book, sadly died a couple of years ago. He was a classical scholar in mind but also one in everyday life. By that I mean, what the ancients liked to do he used to do. And I love that. I can commend this book to someone who is coming to Pindar for the first time, both forcefully and happily.
but be forced to stand apart from it"
Wise words. At first I was a bit worried picking this book up. You know, victory odes, how interesting can that be? But it's not that bad; to read I mean. I don't suppose the English translation retains the cadence of the original Greek or can convey the emotional tug Pindar's listeners must have felt. But thank God for human imagination, my imagination. Then strip away the obsequious veneer of platitudes to triumphant Olympians and there's wisdom to pluck; social graces to pick up from studying how Pindar sweet talks diverse peoples; and there are his wonderful philosophical ejaculations.
"What is man? What is he not? He is the dream of a shadow"
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