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Headword: Γλαῦκος Καρύστιος
Adler number: gamma,281
Translated headword: Glaukos of Karystos, Glaucus of Carystus
Vetting Status: high
When this man was working on the land, it happened that the ploughshare fell out of the plough, and he fitted it back [using] his hand instead of a hammer. Seeing what had happened his father took him to Olympia to box. Having no experience, he was hurt by his opponents and was on the point of flagging because of the blows. The story goes that his father shouted "strike the plough blow!"[1] So Glaukos attacked the opponent more strongly, and victory was his. The statue [of him] depicts a shadow-boxer, because Glaukos was supremely good at sparring.[2]
Greek Original:
Γλαῦκος Καρύστιος: τούτου γῆν ἐργαζομένου, ἐπειδὴ συνέβη τὴν ὕνιν ἐκ τοῦ ἀρότρου πεσεῖν, καθήρμοσε τῇ χειρὶ ἀντὶ σφύρας. ἰδὼν δὲ τὸ ποιηθὲν ὁ πατὴρ ἤγαγεν αὐτὸν εἰς Ὀλυμπίαν πυκτεύσοντα. ὁ δὲ, ἅτε οὐκ ἐμπείρως ἔχων, ἐτιτρώσκετο ὑπὸ τῶν ἀνταγωνιστῶν καὶ ἀπαγορεύειν ἔμελλεν ὑπὸ τῶν πληγῶν. φασὶ δὲ τὸν πατέρα βοῆσαι, παῖε τὴν ἐπ' ἀρότρου. ὁ δὲ βιαιότερον ἐπενεγκὼν πρὸς τὸν ἀνταγωνιζόμενον εἶχε τὴν νίκην. σκιαμαχοῦντος δὲ ὁ ἀνδριὰς παρέχεται σχῆμα, ὅτι ὁ Γλαῦκος ἦν ἐπιτηδειότατος χειρονομεῖν.
For Glaukos see already gamma 280. The present entry summarizes Pausanias 6.10.1-3 (web address 1).
[1] cf. pi 872. (But in Pausanias the word is not παῖε , "strike", but παῖ , "son".)
[2] cf. chi 256.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: agriculture; art history; athletics; biography; geography
Translated by: David Whitehead on 4 August 2001@10:50:35.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead on 2 September 2002@10:13:45.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added link) on 29 September 2003@16:25:59.
Catharine Roth (added a keyword) on 6 October 2005@01:45:02.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 7 June 2012@09:26:39.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 9 September 2012@18:42:29.
David Whitehead on 28 September 2015@04:20:23.


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