Greek Kylix Painting of Long Jumper With Halteres

Greek Kylix Painting of Long Jumper With Halteres

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A photograph shows an illustration of a Greek long jumper painted at the bottom of a kylix. The athlete is nude, as was custom at Panhellenic festivals such as the Olympic Games, and carries a pair of halteres in his hands.


Artifact: c. 510 BC

Photo: 2005


This Greek kylix, dated to 510 BC, bears an illustration of a Greek long jumper. He carries in his hands a pair of halteres, which were stone, dumbbell-like momentum tools used to gain extra distance in the long jump. The long jump was one of the five events in the ancient Greek pentathlon, featured at the Olympic Games and other Panhellenic festivals.

At the time of photograph, this kylix was housed in the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens.

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Sweet, W. E. (1987). Sport and recreation in ancient Greece: A sourcebook with translations. New York: Oxford University Press.

Scanlon, T. F. (2014). Sport in the Greek and Roman worlds. Vol 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press.