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άθλεύω

Μή, φίλα ψυχά, βίον ἀθάνατον σπεῦδε, τὰν δ' ἔμπρακτον ἄντλει μαχανάν -> Oh! my soul do not aspire to eternal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible
Pindar, Pythian, 3.61f.

English (Autenrieth)

(ἄϝεθλον): institute, or contend in, a gymnastic contest; ἐπί τινι, ‘in honor of’ some one; for άθλέω, toil, Il. 24.734.