Person: Orrhippos/Orsippos from Megara (Megaris)

Record ID: 1625
Name: Orrhippos/Orsippos
Place of Origin: Megara (Megaris)
List of Festivals:
Olympia in Elis (Elis)
List of Events:
Olympia in Elis (Elis) on ( -720 to -720 )
List of Disciplines:
running: stadion
List of References:
IG VII, 52 = CIG 1050 = SEG 22.366 = SEG 35.400 = SEG 57.417 = SEG 60.492
Paus. 1.44.1
List of Prosopographies:
Moretti (1957), no. 16
Comment: Inscription dates from a much later period: the epigram probably dates to 5th century BC, when Orrhippos was heiled as a hero. Orrhippos is said to have been the athlete having introduced athletic nudity intentionally (Schol. Thuc. I.6; Paus. 1.44.1). Others attribute this innovation to Akanthos, the victor in dolichos at the same Olympiad (see ID 17) (D.H. VII. 72; Eusebius and Iulius Africanus). Others think that the athletic nudity was ordained by the Athenian archon Hippomenes (Isid. Orig. XVIII.17.2; Schol. Ven. Il. XXIII. 638). Moretti 1957, no. 16 suggests that Orrhippos introduced the nudity and having observed the advantages, Akanthos copied this habit in his own discipline (dolichos) in order to run faster.