Coroebus of Elis

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Runners (ca. 500 BC)

Coroebus of Elis, commonly spelled Koroibos (Greek: Κόροιβος Ἠλεῖος) was a humble Greek cook,[1] baker[2] and athlete from Elis, who won the stadion race in the first recorded Ancient Olympic Games in 776 BC.

Olympics[edit]

The stadion race of the Greeks seem to have been accurately recorded. The prize he received was an olive branch, though the honor of winning was far more prestigious than the actual prize.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Symons, A History of Cooks and Cooking, University of Illinois Press, 2003, p.300
  2. ^ Robert Garland. Celebrity in Antiquity: From Media Tarts to Tabloid Queens. London: Duckworth, 2006.
  3. ^ Eusebius. Chronicon (English translation from Latin, original Greek lost) at Attalus.org