Everyone’s Heard of Peleus

Pindar, Isthmian 6.23-30

“There’s no city so foreign
Nor so tongue-tied that
It has not heard the fame of the Hero Peleus,
Blessed son-in-law to the gods,
Nor Ajax, the son of Telamon,
And his father–Alkmene’s son took him in ships
To the bronze-delighting war,
When he went as a willing ally
From Tiryns to Troy, that labor for heroes,
Because of Laomedon’s duplicity.”

οὐδ᾿ ἔστιν οὕτω βάρβαρος
οὔτε παλίγγλωσσος πόλις,
ἅτις οὐ Πηλέος ἀίει κλέος ἥ-
ρωος, εὐδαίμονος γαμβροῦ θεῶν,
οὐδ᾿ ἅτις Αἴαντος Τελαμωνιάδα
καὶ πατρός· τὸν χαλκοχάρμαν ἐς πόλεμον
ἆγε σὺν Τιρυνθίοισιν πρόφρονα σύμμαχον ἐς
Τροΐαν, ἥρωσι μόχθον,
Λαομεδοντιᾶν ὑπὲρ ἀμπλακιᾶν
ἐν ναυσὶν Ἀλκμήνας τέκος.

Oil painting with banquet scene in profile. Large number of semi-clothed divine people in post-renaissance romanticized style. All the figures are looking right at the appearance of a golden apple
Painting of the Feast of Peleus by Edward Burne-Jones, ca. 1872/1881.

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