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Pindar (c. 522–433 B.C.)

Pindar (pin’där). The greatest of the Greek lyric poets; born at Cynoscephalæ near Bœotian Thebes, 522 B.C.; died at Argos, about 450 B.C. The Alexandrine scholars divided his poems into 17 books, comprising Hymns, Pæans, Dithyrambs, Encomia, Songs of Victory. There are now extant, apart from mere fragments, only four books, all songs of victory (epinikia) celebrating the victors in the Olympian, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian games. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).