Isthmian Games


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the ancient Panhellenic games held biennially on the Isthmus of Corinth in the first and third years of each Olympiad

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He was considered the special sponsor of the biennial Isthmian Games, which were held at a special sanctuary to him at Isthmia, the southern harbor; his coins may have served as advertisements for the event.
This local myth gave Corinth an origin story for the Isthmian Games. Origin stories such as that of Melikertes/ Palaimon and of Bellerophon and Pegasus helped to provide Corinth with a civic identity, which obedience to Paul's command "flee from the worship of idols" would have disrupted.
As the deity Palaimon arose, a dolphin carried Melikertes's dead body to the Isthmus, where the ruler of Corinth, Sisyphus, granted him a noble burial and honored him with the first Isthmian Games (Gebhard 168).
Furthermore, the circus was often the site of the equestrian contests of the Corinthian Caesarea festival and at times of the Panhellenic Isthmian Games.
(8) I also propose that the equestrian contests of the pentaeteric Corinthian Caesarea festival were held in this circus, and sometimes the Panhellenic Isthmian Games as well.
Jacoby cautiously suggested that this interest in the origins of the Isthmian games might be connected with Nero's visit in A.D.
(The entire frequently begin with: "The following summer, when the corn was coming into ear.") The war was also halted for their games, not only the Olympic games of 428 but the Delian, Pythian, and Isthmian games as well.
Pindar was born near Thebes, and his works, about one fourth of which survive, are mainly Epinicia composed on commission to celebrate famous victors at the Olympian, Pythian, Nemean, or Isthmian games. They were mainly intended to be sung by a chorus at some later celebration in honor of the victor, rather than immediately.
[GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is thus a pregnant means of referring to a victory abroad' (ibid.).(10) He suggests that the place where Euthymenes is said to have won twice, can be deduced from the preceding passage where the Isthmian Games are being referred to.(11) However, both these interpretations are open to the objection that it is highly unlikely that Pindar refers to victories without indicating precisely where they have been won.
5, for Phylacidas, Pytheas is said to have won once in Nemea and Phylacidas to have been twice successful at the Isthmian Games and once in Nemea ([GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], |[GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], 17-19).