Isthmian 7 (Pindar)

The lyric poet Pindar composed victory odes for winners in the four Panhellenic Games (Olympian, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian). This one is to a certain Strepsiades from Thebes who won in the pankration, a form of competitive fighting that combined wrestling and boxing, with few rules besides a prohibition on biting or attacking the eyes. This ode to Strepsiades begins with an iteration through seven events, some historical and some mythical, associated with the victor’s hometown of Thebes (which happens to be Pindar’s place of origin as well).

Part I (ll. 1–15)

Part II (ll. 16–30)

Part III (ll. 31–51)

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