Pausanias, Description of Greece, 6.6.1

τούτῳ μὲν ἐνταῦθα ἐγένετο ἡ τελευτή· ἐν δὲ Ὀλυμπίᾳ παρὰ τοῦ Πουλυδάμαντος τὸν ἀνδριάντα δύο τε ἐκ τῆς Ἀρκάδων καὶ Ἀττικὸς ὁ τρίτος ἕστηκεν ἀθλητής. τὸν μὲν δὴ Μαντινέα Πρωτόλαον Διαλκοῦς πυγμῇ παῖδας κρατήσαντα ὁ Ῥηγῖνος Πυθαγόρας, Ναρυκίδαν δὲ τὸν Δαμαρέτου παλαιστὴν ἄνδρα ἐκ Φιγαλίας Σικυώνιος Δαίδαλος, Καλλίᾳ δὲ Ἀθηναίῳ παγκρατιαστῇ τὸν ἀνδριάντα ἀνὴρ Ἀθηναῖος Μίκων ἐποίησεν ὁ ζωγράφος. Νικοδάμου δὲ ἔργον τοῦ Μαιναλίου παγκρατιαστής ἐστιν ἐκ Μαινάλου, δύο νίκας ἐν ἀνδράσιν ἀνελόμενος, Ἀνδροσθένης Λοχαίου.

The Athenian painter Mikon made a statue in honour of the Athenian pancratiast Kallias. (Trans. S. Loumakis)

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Le peintre Athénien Mikon fit une statue en l'honneur du pancratiaste Athénien Kallias. (Trad. S. Loumakis)

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Commentary

  1. In book 6, Pausanias is visiting Olympia. He listed the votive offerings and statues made to honor the athletes who won the Olympic games. The name of Kallias occurs when he lists the winners of boxing-matches and wrestling.

  2. Kallias was a famous Athenian athlete son of Didymos (Traill 1994, 553780), winner at the wrestling (pankrast) in the 77th Olympiad in 472 B.C. (See: Paus. V. 9.3. Muller-Dufeu 2002, p. 243, n.678). According to an inscription dated ca. 450-430 B.C. (see IG. I 419), he won as a junior the Panathenaia (games at Athens), twice the Pythian games in 478 and 474 B.C. (games at Delphi honoring Apollo), four times the Nemean games in 483, 481, 479, 477 B.C. (games at Nemea honoring Zeus) and five times the Isthmian games in 484, 482, 480, 476 and 474 B.C (games at Corinth honoring Poseidon). Then, he was ostracized in 443 B.C. (Andoc. IV. 32; Reinach et al. 1921, p. 167; Jeffery in Raubitschek 1949, n. 164, 21, 139; Moretti 1953, p. 33-35; Lang 1990, p. 65; Jacquemin in Pausanias 2002, p. 129)

  3. The base of the statue of Kallias was found in Olympia. It was signed by Mikon (see text 159a).

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Bibliography

Lang, M.L., 1990. Ostraka. The Athenian Agora, 25, p.iii-188.

Moretti, L., 1953. Iscrizioni agonistiche greche, Roma: Signorelli.

Muller-Dufeu, M., 2002. La sculpture grecque: sources littéraires et épigraphiques, Paris: École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts.

Pausanias, 2002. Description de la Grèce, Paris: Les Belles Lettres.

Raubitschek, A.E., 1949. Dedications from the Athenian Akropolis. A catalogue of the inscriptions of the sixth and fifth centuries B.C, New York: Archaeol. Inst. of America.

Reinach, A., Reinach, S. & Milliet, P., 1921. Textes grecs et latins relatifs à l’histoire de la peinture ancienne, Paris: klincksieck.

Traill, J.S., 1994. Persons of ancient Athens, Toronto: Athenians.

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