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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Great Regulars: This dithyramb--Fragment 75--
by the Greek lyric poet Pindar (522--443 BC) was written to be performed at a celebration in honour of Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy and son of Semele and Zeus. [Robert] Garioch's translation is a clear mark of the aspirations of literary Scots. The poem's setting reminds us that Edinburgh is known as the "Athens of the North": Garioch may also be echoing Pindar's invocation of divine lyric help.