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σκιᾶς ὄναρ ἄνθρωπος, σκιάς όναρ άνθρωπος -> man is a dream of a shadow, we are a shadow's dream

(Pindar, Pythia 8.95f.)
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we are a shadow's dream
Interesting.  Since putting up that translation the first time, I've seriously revised my interpretation.  It can't be the shadow that's dreaming (subjective genitive);  it must instead be a dream about a shadow (objective genitive).  And though ἄνθρωπος refers to all of us humans, Pindar is addressing a specific athlete, reminding him that, until the moment of glory arrives, he, like the rest of us, is "a dream of a shadow."  So "you" (in of course a broad, generic sense) may be just as valid a translation as "we." 
Τί δέ τις; Τί δ' οὔ τις; Σκιᾶς ὄναρ ἄνθρωπος. — Πίνδαρος