n Akroterion - A race-horse called Pherenikos

Volume 56, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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The aptly-named stallion Pherenikos (Victory-bearer) raced and won for Hieron, tyrant of Gela (485 BC) and Syracuse (485-467/6 BC). This is the only horse that is named in the surviving victory odes () of Pindar and Bacchylides. He makes his first victorious appearance in the single-horse event, the κέλης, of six laps (just over 1 km) in the hippodrome at the Pythia in 478, to which Pindar refers in 3.72-74, composed sometime after 476. This is probably the victory to which Bacchylides (5.41) refers when he states that Pherenikos won at Delphi before his victory at Olympia in 476.

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