Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Pindar petering

Pythian Odes 3:109-110.
Do not yearn, O my soul, for immortal life!
Use to the utmost
the skill that is yours. [Translation by Frank J. Nisetich, Pindar's Victory Odes (Johns Hopkins UP, 1980) 171]
Very nice! As if the soul needs to be actively restrained from seeking immortality, to be redirected to better pursuits!

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