Person: Ergoteles son of Philanor from Knossos (Crete)

Record ID: 473
Name: Ergoteles
Father's Name: Philanor
Place of Origin: Knossos (Crete)
Date Range: -474 to -458
Honorary Citizen of:
Himera (Sicily)
List of Festivals:
Isthmia in Isthmia (Corinthia)
Nemea in Argos (Argeia)
Olympia in Olympia (Elis)
Pythia in Delphi (Phokis)
List of Events:
Nemea in Argos (Argeia) on ( -469 to -458 )
Nemea in Argos (Argeia) on ( -469 to -458 )
Isthmia in Isthmia (Corinthia) on ( -474 to -458 )
Isthmia in Isthmia (Corinthia) on ( ? to ? )
Pythia in Delphi (Phokis) on ( ? to ? )
Pythia in Delphi (Phokis) on ( ? to ? )
Olympia in Olympia (Elis) on ( ? to ? )
Olympia in Olympia (Elis) on ( ? to ? )
List of Disciplines:
running: dolichos
List of References:
Ebert (1972), no. 20 = CEG 393
Paus. 6.4.11
Pi. O. 12
SEG 29.414
List of Prosopographies:
Farrington (2012), no. 1.47
LGPN V1-53507
Moretti (1957), no. 224
Moretti (1957), no. 251
Moretti (1987), no. 224
Strasser (2001), no. 41
Comment: I generally follow Farrington (2012), no. 1.47 and p. 115-6 notes 260-2; Pausanias 6.4.11 notes that whilst Himera was the attested home city of Ergoteles on the inscription he had read, the athlete was actually from Knossos after expulsion. Perhaps this inscription was the same as SEG 29.414, which offers however only one restoration of the stone. It remains controversial due to the ambiguous phrasing of Pausanias how many victories Ergoteles actually won. Ergoteles' first Olympic victory is also the subject of Pindar's 12th Olympian Ode and generally dated to 472 B.C., with his second victory in 464 B.C. As for whether he actually won once or twice in the Pythian, Isthmian and Nemean games, Farrington seems inconsistent, or at least undecided; he frequently quotes Ebert (1979), 80-1, who suggest two victories for each contest, which I have followed here, with the dating as cited by Farrington (2012), p. 115 note 260. Ergoteles was a runner in the dolichos. - PK