Pindar, Olympian Ode 10.24-51

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But the ordinances of Zeus have prompted me to sing

Of the choice contest, which Herakles founded

With its six altars by the ancient tomb of Pelops,

After he killed the son of Poseidon,

Goodly Kteatos,

And killed Eurytos, so that he might exact the wage

For his menial service from mighty Augeas, who was

unwilling to give it. Hiding in a thicket below Kleonai,

Herkles overcame them in turn on the road,

Because before that the overbearing Moliones

Had destroyed his army of Tirynthians

When it was encamped

In the valleys of Elis. And indeed, not long afterwards, The guest-cheating king of the Epeians

Saw his wealthy home land

Sing into the deep trench of ruin

Beneath a ruthless fire and strokes of iron –

Even his own city

Strife with those more powerful

One cannot put aside.

So that man, through lack of counsel, at last

Met with capture

and did not escape sheer death.

Thereupon, Zeus' valiant son gathered the entire army

And all the booty at Pisa,

And measured out a sacred precinct for his father

most mighty. He fenced in the altis and set apart

In the open, and he made the surrounding plain

A resting place for banqueting,

And honored the stream of Alpheos



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