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Pindar, Roman copy of Greek 5th century BC bust (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples)
Bornc. 518 [1]
Cynoscephalae, Boiotia
Diedc. 438 (aged approximately 80)
OccupationLyric poet

Pindar (/ˈpɪndər/; Greek: Πίνδαρος Pindaros, [píndaros]; Latin: Pindarus; c. 518 – 438 BC) was an ancient Greek poet of Thebes. He was born in Boeotia, around 518 BC. He died in Argos, at age 80 in 438 BC. He is known for his odes in praise of athletes and their accomplishments but he wrote poems in many other forms as well.


  1. The Greek and Roman critics: "The odes of Pindar (518-438B.C.), written for the most part to celebrate victories in athletic contests, are interspersed with moral and philosophical reflections"