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Victory Odes



The victory odes, or epinikia, are a series of poems composed by the ancient Greek poet Pindar to commemorate the triumphs of athletes who competed in various Panhellenic games like the Olympic, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian Games. The poems are known for their intricate complexity, which combines praise for the athletes, mythological references, moral reflections, and philosophical musings.

The victory odes are considered to be the most complete works by Pindar that have survived from antiquity, as the rest of his works only exist in papyrus fragments. These odes provide valuable insights into the ancient Greek world, as they reveal how the Greeks celebrated their athletic heroes, and the cultural significance of athletic competition in ancient Greece.

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  1. Declare alternate script for Pindar

  2. Update word count in metadata

  3. Update accessibility boilerplate

  4. Update Onix file boilerplate

  5. Fix typo in long description: atheletes → athletes

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