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Pindar, Olympian (ed. Diane Arnson Svarlien),
Olympian 10For Hagesidamus of Western LocriBoys' Boxing476 B.C. (search)
stablished the four years' festival with the first Olympic games and its victories.Who won the first garland, with the skill of his hands or feet or chariot, setting the boast of victory in his mind and achieving it with his deeds?
In the foot race the best at running the straight coursewith his feet was the son of Licymnius, Oeonus, who had come from Midea at the head of an army. In wrestling, Echemus won glory for Tegea. And the prize in boxing was won by Doryclus, who lived in the city of Tiryns. And in the four-horse chariot
the victor was Samos of Mantinea, the son of Halirhothius. Phrastor hit the mark with the javelin. Niceus sent the stone flying from his circling arm beyond all the others, and his fellow soldiers raised a sudden burst of loud cheering.The lovely light of the moon's beautiful face lit up the evening
and in the delightful festivities the whole precinct rang with a song in praise of victory. Even now we will follow the first beginnings, and as a namesake song of