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[27] The events were, a stadium race1 for boys, most of them belonging to the captives, a long race,2 in which more than sixty Cretans took part, wrestling, boxing, and the pancratium;3 and it made a fine spectacle; for there were a great many entries and, inasmuch as the comrades of the contestants were looking on, there was a great deal of rivalry.

1 The regular short race in the Greek games, corresponding closely to our 220 yards dash.

2 The δόλιχος seems to have varied from six to twenty-four stadia.

3 A combination of boxing and wrestling.

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