Elis, Olympia 101st - 102nd Olympiad.



In the times of the ancient Olympic Games, there was only one winner. The Olympionic was immediately rewarded after the competition. A herald announced the name of the winner, then a Hellanodikos (judge) placed a palm leaf in his hands, while the spectators applauded him and threw him flowers.

They tied a ribbon of red wool, a taenia, around his head and hands in the sign of victory. The official prize ceremony took place on the last day of the Games in the raised hall in the Temple of Zeus.

372 BC
Troilosof Elis was serving as Hellanodikes (judge of the Ancient Olympic Games) he won two equestrian victories – one in the synorisfor full-grown horses and one in the tethripponfor poloi. After this Eleans passed a law that no one who was serving as helladonikes could enter the equestrian event. His story has at times been used to show the ancient games had a “win at any cost” mindset quite different from the modern Olympic ideal.

At the Olympics these years

376 BC
Stomios of Elis won pentathlon at Olympia and was rewarded by statue. Stomiosbecame a cavalry general who challenged an enemy counterpart to a duel and slew a Scion general.

Some of the Spartan athletes was likely participating with the battle of Naxos (September 376 BC), That was the first naval victory won by an official Athenian fleet since the end of the Great Peloponnesian War, and saw a fleet besieging Naxos defeat a Spartan fleet sent to lift the siege.

Elis, Olympia 101st - 102nd Olympiad.

376-372 BC.
Hemidrachm, 2.61g.
BCD 111
Extremely Rare (R3) / F-VF

Hera mint. Wearing stephane, Rev. F-A. Eagle standing r., head reverted.
BCD Collection, Auction LeuNumismatik90, Zurich 2004, No. 111; previously acquired in April 1980 by Nomos AG.

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