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"Creatures for a day"

I am reading a book that talks a bit about Pindar, and the first thing that baffles me is the date of birth and death. My book says that he was born in 518 and died in 438 BC, but some sources on the Internet say that the true date is 522-443 BC. Honestly, he lived such a long time ago that I do not really mind who is right or wrong because as Pindar himself said , we are all "creatures for a day".

Pindar was a Greek poet of whom Quintilian wrote that "Of the nine lyric poets, Pindar is by far the greatest, in virtue of his inspired magnificence, the beauty of his thoughts and figures, the rich exuberance of his language and matter, and his rolling flood of eloquence". Although he wrote most of his life, only 45 victory odes remain. They are based on various games: the Olympian, Pythian, Isthmian and Nemean. The oldest remaining ode dates back from the Pythian Games of 498 BC and his last ode was for a wrestler in the same game in 446 BC.
               One of his…