Person: Lygdamis from Syracuse (Sicily)

Record ID: 1732
Name: Lygdamis
Place of Origin: Syracuse (Sicily)
List of Festivals:
Olympia in Elis (Elis)
List of Events:
Olympia in Elis (Elis) on ( -648 to -648 )
List of Disciplines:
combat sports: pankration
List of References:
Euseb. Chron. Ll. 107-109 (ed. Christesen) = African. Chron. F65 ll. 93-95 (ed. Wallraff)
Paus. 5.8.8
Philostratos Gym 12
Solin., 1.74 (p.18 Mo)
List of Prosopographies:
Moretti (1957), no. 51
Comment: Introduction of pankration at Olympic games; Lygdamis was the first victor. Lygdamis was compared to Herakles of Thebes (Pausanias). Eusebius (and Iulius Africanus ) and Philostratos all comment on the legendary size of his feet. His tomb was situated in Syrcause near the quarries (Pausanias).