Καλλίας Διδυμίο ∶ Ἀθηναῖος παγκράτιον. Μίκων ἐποίησεν ∶ Ἀθηναῖος.

Kallias, son of Didymios, the Athenian [winner of] pankration. Mikon, made it, the Athenian

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Kallias, fils de Didymos, l'Athénien [gagnant au] pankration. Mikon l'Athénien l'a fait

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Commentary

PH213951 = IvOlympia 146 = IG I3, 1473

Dedicatory inscription on the upper surface of the marble basis of Kallias (Museum of Olympia inv. no. 119, white pentelic marble, h. 0,31 m., l. 0,775 m., w. 0,915 m.). The inscription is written in the Ionic alphabet, dated to the first third of the 5th c. BCE. On the same surface there are traces from the feet of a more than life-size bronze statue of the athlete. The statue and the inscription commemorate the victory of Kallias in the pankration which he won at the 77th Olympiad in 472 BCE (cf. Pausanias V.9.3; VI.6.1 (text 158); Andokides IV.32). They also include the sign of painter Mikon (cf. text 135 and 157). The inscribed basis was found in Olympia on the 27th of January 1877, north of the Philesios basis, but not in its original place. The Philesios basis was found in situ 32 m. east of the Zeus temple in Olympia (on which see IvOlympia no. 248, p. 364). Also, POxy 222, 1.26 (= B.P. Grenfell and A.S. Hunt, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri 2, London: Egypt Exploration Fund 1899, no. 222, col. 1, l. 26) mentions Kallias of Athens as a winner of pankration in a papyrus dated to the late 2nd - early 3rd c. CE, containing a list of Olympic victors of the years 480-468 and 456-448 BCE.

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Bibliography

The Kallias inscription was first published in W. Dittenberger, M. Fränkel, R. Weil and G. Hirschfeld, "Inschriften aus Olympia," Archäologische Zeitung 34 [1876], pp. 227-228, no. 32).

See also H. Förster, Die Sieger in den Olympischen Spielen bis zum Ende des 4. Jahrh. v. Chr., Zwickau: R. Zückler, 1891, no. 208, p. 15;

L. Moretti, Iscrizioni agonistische greche, Studi Pubblicati dall' Istituto Italiano per la storia antica 12, Rome: Angelo Signorelli 1953, no. 15, pp. 33-35, esp. p. 34;

L. Moretti, Olympionikai, I vincitori negli antichi agoni olimpici, Atti della Accademia nazionale dei lincei, Classe di scienze morali, storiche e filologische 8, fasc. 2, Rome: Accademia nazionale dei lincei, 1957, no. 228, p. 91.

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