A RACE-HORSE CALLED PHERENIKOS

W.J. Henderson

Abstract


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 thatis named in the surviving victory odes (epinikia) of Pindar and Bacchylides.1 Hemakes his first victorious appearance in the single-horse event, the κέλης, of sixlaps (just over 1 km) in the hippodrome at the Pythia in 478, to which Pindar refersin P. 3.72-74, composed sometime after 476.2 This is probably the victory to whichBacchylides (5.41) refers when he states that Pherenikos won at Delphi before hisvictory at Olympia in 476.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/56-0-2

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