The athlete holds a discus in his hands. He is represented in the phase of the preparatory swinging movements, arms raised and right leg forward. Such was the splendour of his body, which inspired the admiration of the innumerable Greeks, when he hurled the discus... (Bacchylides, Ode VII strophe B). Behind the athlete is a post indicating the training area. The B side features Nike, goddess of victory, crowning a young victor; to triumph at the Games is to win divine glory. Discus-throwing was part of the pentathlon which comprised 5 disciplines: discus, javelin, long jump, stade race and wrestling.
F. Eichler, CVA Oesterreich 2, Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum II (Vienna, 1959) pl. 73, 35 p. 19. K. Gschwantler W. Oberleitner, Götter, Heroen, Menschen Antikes Leben im Spiegel der Kunst (Vienna, 1974) no. 244 p. 77. A. Bernard Walcher-Mag. Johann Lehner, Alltag, Feste, Religion Antikes Leben auf griechischen Vasen (Vienna, 1991) no. 6 p. 56.
© 1993. Photo, text: OLYMPISM IN ANTIQUITY. Olympic Museum Lausanne. Bertelsmann UFA. Industria Gráfica S. A. Barcelona, 1993, p. 98 cat. no. 41.
© Photograph I. Kitbitschka (Kunsthistorisches Museum-Vienna).
© 1993 Comité International Olympique.