The spirit of Simonides' poetry is thought to be noblest in Greek lyric poetry.
From the Greek of Professor Mackail's Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology.
The Athenian Dead at Plataea
If to die nobly is the greatest part of virtue, on us of all
men Fortune has bestowed this lot. For on our swift way
to cast about Greece the raiment of freedom we lie, possessed
of an undecaying glory.
The Lacedaemonian Dead at Plataea
These men when they had cast undying fame
On their loved land, themselves then wrapped around
Dark clouds of death. Yet dead they are not found
To die, for virtue from above in praise
Uplifts beyond the House of Death, their name.
The Spartans who fell at Thermopylae
These tidings, stranger, to the Spartans bear,
That here we lie at rest, and this the cause,
Obedience to their laws.