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Pentathlon

Postby adz000 » Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:14 pm

Here are two hexameter lines prefaced to the Pindaric scholia (ed. Drachmann, p. 10). It seems like a neat way to remember the five events that the pentathlon consisted of -- which might be reason enough to post it -- but I also have a simple interpretative question about the last line.


[face=SPIonic](/Alma podo\j di/skou te bolh\ kai\ a(/kontoj e)rwh/
kai\ dro/moj h)de\ pa/lh: mi/a d’ e)/pleto pa=si teleuth/.
[/face]
A leap of the foot, and a throw of the discus, and a rush of the javelin
and a race and wrestling: one finish arises for everyone/everything.



I'm not sure I understand the meaning of the last hemistich. What does it mean for there to be one finish for everyone? Is it referring to one finish line? Or to one prize for all of those contests? Or another meaning altogether? Perhaps I'm trying to press something that was inserted just to make meter for a bit too much meaning.

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