Philostratus, Gymnasticus 21

Philostratus, an author from the third century AD, tells in his work about the professional trainer an anecdote about Arrichion, an athlete from the sixth century BC.

When Arrichion, the pankratiast, who had won already two Olympic games and after this fought in the third olympiad in the finals, already thought about submitting, his trainer Eryxias brought him to despise death by shouting from outside the ring: "What a wonderful funaral speech if one can say: he did not give up at Olympia."


© KU Leuven, 2012