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Two Interpretations of Pindar’s Verses

(Original title: Dve interpretácie Pindarových veršov)
Filozofia, 69 (2014), 3, 274-280.
Type of work: Reflections
Publication language: Slovak

The article examines two interpretations of several verses of the famous Greek lyric poet Pindar. Pindar’s poem has not been preserved; its probably introductory verses were recorded by Plato in the dialogue Gorgias. However, the verses are not declaimed by Socrates, but by his greatest opponent in the dialogue – a young aspiring Athenian politician Callicles. Another author referring to the main idea of the first line of Pindar’s poem was his contemporary – historian Herodotus. The aim of the article is to compare these two interpretations.


Callicles, Gorgias, Herodotus, Interpretation, Pindar, Plato, Verse

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