I’ve read three translations of Pindar’s Victory Odes (C.W. Bowra, Geoffry S. Conway, and Richmond Lattimore). I like Lattimore’s the best. He is, in his own right, a talented poet. I do not know ancient Greek, but I have read that as a translator Lattimore gives careful consideration to both the author’s intentions and the nuances of the Greek language.
The scope and imagination of Pindar’s writing is impressive. His knowledge of Greek myth is extraordinarily comprehensive. His invocations to the gods animate Pagan believes and provide considerable dimension to this faith of the ancient past. The varied, sometimes complex narratives of the odes are inspiring, as well as expressive.
The translation by Richmond Lattimore provides a much needed cohesiveness to the odes since many contain arcane references and illusions. They are also beautifully rendered by the translator.
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