Friday, August 18, 2023

Sore Loser: Pindar loses against Corinna, Aelian, H.V. 13.25

Content Warning: misogyny 

De Pindaro in certamine superato a Corinna.

quum* in imperitos incidisset auditores, superatus est a Corinna quinquies. Redarguens vero ruditatem ipsorum Pindarus, suem vocavit Corinnam. 

Πίνδαρος ὁ ποιητὴς ἀγωνιζόμενος ἐν Θήβαις ἀμαθέσι περιπεσὼν ἀκροαταῖς ἡττήθη Κορίννης πεντάκις. ἐλέγχων δὲ τὴν ἀμουσίαν αὐτῶν ὁ Πίνδαρος σῦν ἐκάλει τὴν Κόρινναν.

--Aelian, Hist. Var. 13.25; Translated into Latin by Justus Vulteius (1731)

Regarding Pindar’s Defeat by Corinna

When the poet Pindar competed in Thebes, he was defeated by Corinna five times because the audience was ignorant and unlearned. Pindar called them out for their stupidity, and called Corinna a pig.


 * Early publishers of Latin texts differentiated the preposition cum ("with") with the conjunction cum ("when / since / although") by spelling the conjunction quum



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