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TRANSLATION FOR 2004 ATHENS OLYMPICS GOLD MEDALLast week Leon Worden asked:
Can anyone translate the inscription on this gold medal from Athens 2004? It belongs to Olympic home run record-holder Crystl Bustos (USA Softball, 2000-gold, 2004-gold, 2008-silver), and she'd like to know what it says.
Franois Velde of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago writes:
These are the first words of Pindar's 8th Olympian ode: Mater O chrusostephanon aethlon, Olumpia despoin' aletheias O mother of gold-crowned contests, Olympia, queen of truth
(most of the individual words are recognizable: mater=mother, chrusos=gold, stephanos=crown, aethlon has given us athlete, despoina is the same root as despot.)
Many thanks. Our readers sure are a sharp bunch! Now I had to look up Pindar, and learned that "Pindaros or Pindar (c. 518 BC to c.438 BC) was the great lyric poet of ancient Greece, was born at Cynoscephalae." -EditorTo read more on Pindar, see: Pindar (http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Live/Writer/Pindar.htm)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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