Pausanias VI 14, 5-8

Pausanias tells the following anecdotes about Milon.

The statue of Milon, the son of Diotimos, was made by Dameas, also a man from Kroton. Milon won six victories in wrestling at Olympia, one of them among the boys. At the Pythian games he won six among the man and one among the boys. He came to Olympia to wrestle for the seventh time, but he could not master Timotheos, a younger fellow-citizen, because this man did not want to come in close quarters with him.
It is further told that Milon himself carried his own statue to the Altis. About him are also told the anecdotes about the pomegranate and about the discus. He could grasp a pomegranate so, that nobody could take it from him with force, but he himself did not damage it by pressure. Standing on an oiled discus, he made a fool of those who attacked him and tried to push him off the discus.
He also gave the following demonstrations. Around his forehead he tied a cord in the same way in which he would tie a ribbon or a crown. He held his breath and filled the veins of his head with blood and then he broke the cord by the force of his veins. It is told that he let down his right arm by his side from the shoulder to the elbow and from the elbow onwards stretched it out straight, with his fingers stretched out with his tumb up and the other fingers on top of each other in a row. Nobody could move his pink, situated the lowest, with force.
They say that he was killed by wild animals. In the surroundings of Kroton he once came across tree-trunk that was drying. Wedges were inserted to split the tree. Out of over-confidence, Milo put his hands into the trunk, the wedges slipped out and Milon, caught by the three, became a prey for the wolves. This animal indeed roves in vast packs in the land of Kroton.


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