Person: Chionis from Sparta (Lakonia)

Record ID: 1714
Name: Chionis
Place of Origin: Sparta (Lakonia)
List of Festivals:
Olympia in Elis (Elis)
List of Events:
Olympia in Elis (Elis) on ( -656 to -656 )
Olympia in Elis (Elis) on ( -656 to -656 )
Olympia in Elis (Elis) on ( -660 to -660 )
Olympia in Elis (Elis) on ( -660 to -660 )
Olympia in Elis (Elis) on ( -664 to -664 )
Olympia in Elis (Elis) on ( -664 to -664 )
List of Disciplines:
running: diaulos
running: stadion
running: stadion
List of References:
Euseb. Chron. Ll. 99-101, 103 (ed. Christesen) = African. Chron. F65 ll. 86-87, 89 (ed. Wallraff)
Paus. 3.14.3; 4.23.4; 4.23.10; 6.13.2; 8.39.3
List of Prosopographies:
Moretti (1957), nos. 42-47
Comment: Pausanias may have been wrong in attributing Chionis' first victory to the 28th Olympiad (see database). So we are left with six victories: three in stadion, three in diaulos, all at the same Olympic games (29th, 30th, 31st). Pausanias (6.13.2) also records a statue of Chionis in Olympia, but on the statue base it is recorded that at the time of Chionis there was no hoplite-discipline (armed running) yet. The statue was either set up much later or this line was added at a later time. Probably at the time of the erection of a statue for Astylos who won seven Olympic victories in the 5th c BC and whose statue stood directly next to the one of Chionis. See Moretti 1957, no. 42 for discussion.