Ergoteles of Himera

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Ergoteles (Ancient Greek: Ἐργοτέλης) was a native of Knossos and Olympic runner in the Ancient Olympic Games.

Civil disorder (ancient Greek: Stasis) had compelled him to leave Crete. He came to Sicily and was naturalized as a citizen of Himera. He won the Olympic dolichos (running race) of 472 BC and 464 BC,[1] as well as winning twice in both Pythian and Isthmian games.

A four-line inscribed epigram of c. 450 BC found in Olympia commemorates the six Ergotelian victories.[2] The base of an inscribed statue at Olympia, which was seen and exploited by the geographer Pausanias, was rediscovered in 1953.[3] Pindar honoured Ergoteles with the following Epinikion hymn:[4][5]

Ergotelis football club in Heraklion, Crete, is named after Ergoteles.


  1. ^ David C. Young, A brief history of the Olympic games, p. 105 ISBN 1-4051-1130-5
  2. ^ SEG 11:1223b,Add
  3. ^ Simon Hornblower, Thucydides and Pindar: Historical narrative and the world of Epinikian poetry, p. 192 ISBN 0-19-924919-9
  4. ^ D.W. Turner, The odes of Pindar, literally tr. into Engl. prose, 1852
  5. ^ Cécile Bourgaux, POIHSIS: Poésie, p. 90 Greek text