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Votive Discus from Ancient Times

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Athletes, participating in the Ancient Olympics, were not just participating in athletic games or events. They were honoring their gods. As a result, aspects of the ancient games had religious connotations.

When the discus was part of an Ancient-Olympic event, a votive discus was sometimes created to herald stellar performances of the athletes. This image depicts a votive discuss.

Before we examine the artifact itself, we need to understand the meaning of "votive." Merriam-Webster has this two-fold definition:

consisting of or expressing a vow, wish, or desire <a votive prayer>

offered or performed in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude or devotion

With that definition in mind, we learn more about the specifics of this commemorative artifact from the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports (at their website, Odysseys):

Inscribed votive discus, preserved intact.

diam : 0,34m, thkns : 0,01.

Decorated on both sides with concentric circles, with the inscriptions incised in between these.

The inscription on the one side reads:

"Thanks to Olympian Zeus from the pentathlon winner Poplius Asclepiades of Corinth" and dates to the 255th Olympic year, so in 241 A.D.

The inscription on the other side informs us that "Flavius Scribonianus, the alytarches (chief of police), relative of the senators and the consuls dedicated this to Olympian Zeus,” in the 456th Olympiad.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Nov 18, 2019


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Image online, courtesy the Greek website, Ministry of Culture and Sports.

 

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