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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199553904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199553907
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


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This book comes with an excellent translation and an excellent contributor. Pindar was a great poet and it is very easy to see why he is highly thought of among lay readers and classicists today.
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.
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The packing (a simple plastic film) was too much thin to deaden a shock during the transportation : the book arrived with a general folding.
All the other criteria are OK, and the price was very attractive. R
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"The cruellest thing is to know good
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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This was very helpful in my last essay, well set out and easy to follow. I would recommend to all students.
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A VERY GOOD BOOK
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