PINDAR. Works. Oxford, Sheldonian Theatre, 1697.
Folio. Original tan calf, upper and lower covers bordered in gilt, spine profusely decorated in gilt, with 5 raised bands and red spine label, marbled endpapers, green cloth bookmark; pp.(1, frontispiece), [xxxiv], 497, [82, index], , 78, [1, errata]; a very good copy with some bumping and rubbing to the covers, and a little cracking to the lower hinge, some pages with toning, bookplate of Thomas de Gray attached to front paste down endpaper.
Pindar is one of the nine canonical lyric poets of ancient Greece and, of those, he is the writer with the best preserved body of work. His writings reflect the values of Archaic Greece as it entered the Classical period, and were among the first works to reflect on the nature of the poet and poetry. Pindar wrote on a great many topics including traditional myths, in which he was something of an apologist for the more concerning acts committed by various gods, and in support of his friends and acquaintances. There is a rather amusing passage where he carefully avoids discussing the death of Neoptolemus, who according to tradition died in a fight with the priests at Delphi over how to divide up some sacrificial meat. This edition of Pindar's work is presented in parallel Greek and Latin, including extensive notes and footnotes.