For therein dwell Order, and her sisters, sure foundation of states. Pindar's Olympian Ode 1 is a poem that serves a similar purpose as a speech at the end of an athletic event. Introduction. Pindar: Olympian Odes. His forty-five victory odes celebrate triumphs in athletic contests at the four great Panhellenic festivals: the Olympic, Pythian (at Delphi), Nemean, and Isthmian games. ... Thrice winner in Olympic games, of citizens beloved, to strangers hospitable, the house in whose praise will I now celebrate happy Corinth, portal of Isthmian Poseidon and nursery of splendid youth. The first poem of Pindar's I will read is the "First Olympian Ode." Like Simonides and Bacchylides, Pindar wrote elaborate odes in honor of prize-winning athletes for public performance by singers, dancers, and musicians. The solemnity of the occasion awoke the intensity of the poet's passion, and the moment of communal worship was the occasion of his vision of human life. We have a number of odes written by Pindar, a 5th-century Theban, for such religious occasions. Queen of true Prophecy! Edit. ... And beyond all others can Melesias declare all works on that wise, what method shall advance a man who from the sacred games may win the longed-for glory. Odes of Pindar (Myers)/Olympian Odes/8. From Wikisource ... and Alkimedon by the hill of Kronos a winner in Olympic games. Victory Odes date from the ancient Olympic Games, when poets such as Pindar composed songs (which is what ‘ode’ means) in honour of winning athletes. Thrice winner in Olympic games, of citizens beloved, to strangers hospitable, the house in whose praise will I now celebrate happy Corinth, portal of Isthmian Poseidon and nursery of splendid youth. Fortunately, his work is much better preserved than the poetess of Lesbos, as we have several dozen of his poems. Comments about The Eighth Olympic Ode Of Pindar by Henry James Pye. 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