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Headword: Phaüllos
Adler number: phi,144
Translated headword: Phayllos, Phayllus
Vetting Status: high
Name of a fine runner who won an Olympic victory.[1] Aristophanes [writes]: "when, as still a youth, I prosecuted Phayllos the runner for abusive language and got him convicted by two votes".[2] He was a pentathlete, and the subject of an epigram: "Phayllos did a long jump of five and fifty feet; and the discus he threw five short of a hundred."[3] There was also another [Phayllos], [also] an athlete; and a third, the thief. Aristophanes in Acharnians [writes]: "alas, I am wretched in my years; in my youth, when bearing a load of coals I followed Phayllos in the race, this trucebearer would not so easily have escaped my pursuit, nor would have so nimbly slipped off".[4]
See also under "to jump beyond the pit".[5]
Greek Original:
Phaüllos: onoma dromeôs aristou olumpionikou. Aristophanês: hote ton dromea Phaüllon ôn boupais eti heilon diôkôn loidorias psêphoin duoin. ên de kai hoplitodromos periônumos, hon ekaloun Odometron. ên de kai pentathlos, eph' hou kai epigramma: pent' epi pentêkonta podas pêdêse Phaüllos: diskeuse d' hekaton pent' apoleipomenôn. egeneto de kai heteros, athlêtês: kai tritos, ho lôpodutês. Aristophanês Acharneusin: oimoi talas, tôn etôn tôn emôn: ouk an emês ge neotêtos, hot' egô pherôn anthrakôn phortion, êkolouthoun Phaüllôi trechôn, hôde phaulôs an ho spondophoros houtos hup' emou tote diôkomenos exephugen, oud' an elaphrôs hôd' apeplixato. zêtei kai en tôi huper ta eskammena pêdan.
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Acharnians 215 (see further below); but Pausanias 10.9.2 says that Ph. never won at Olympia (web address 1). For conveniently-collected detail on Ph. of Kroton(a), active in the early C5 BCE, see Aristophanes, Wasps, edited with introduction and commentary by Douglas MacDowell (Oxford 1971) 286-7.
[2] Aristophanes, Wasps 1206-7 (web address 2).
[3] In the Greek this couplet is notable for its alliteration with the letter pi.
[4] Aristophanes, Acharnians 210-11 (web address 3), with comment from the scholia to 215; cf. alpha 3031.
[5] upsilon 364; cf. upsilon 363.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: athletics; biography; comedy; definition; law; meter and music; poetry
Translated by: David Whitehead on 15 November 2001@02:56:30.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 6 September 2002@12:43:08.
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David Whitehead on 9 August 2011@05:11:00.
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