Author Topic: May God grant us love for that which has splendor  (Read 181 times)

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May God grant us love for that which has splendor
« on: 24 Sep, 2017, 13:11:43 »
Not sure what the source for this is...

As Pindar said:

May God grant us love for that which has splendor.
Let us wonder as we remember the Argive Heraiaon
For its women who were peacemakers and protectors of women,
Marriage and family
For the skill, prowess, pride, excellence, valor and nobility that were once attributes of arete and the victor in games lost to us, and now found.
For the past that forever calls to the future for its heroes to answer the moment at hand.
And for the Earth’s great heart to beat in your feet as you run!


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Re: May God grant us love for that which has splendor
« Reply #1 on: 24 Sep, 2017, 23:47:11 »
The Internet (the Misinformation Superhighway) frequently attributes "May God grant us love for that which has splendor" to Pindar — without, of course, ever once citing an actual verse — and sometimes mixes Pythian 3.62 in for good measure (e.g. Pindar quote: My God grant me love for that which has splendor...).  A rather careful scrutiny of all the Epinikia reveals no such statement.  Pindar's mission, after all, was not to love splendor, but to praise valor, thus "pleasing and trafficking with nobility" (Pythian 2.96 ἁδόντα δ' εἴη με τοῖς ἀγαθοῖς ὁμιλεῖν).  The one instance in which he uses the term φιλἀγλαος ("lover of splendor") pertains not to a human, but to Agrigentum, a place of splendid monuments (Pythian 12.1).
The lines that follow in your citation ("Let us wonder ... as you run!") are evidently meant as a modern reflection, not a quotation from Pindar.
« Last Edit: 24 Sep, 2017, 23:51:23 by billberg23 »
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Re: May God grant us love for that which has splendor
« Reply #2 on: 25 Sep, 2017, 09:18:09 »
Thanks, master!