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The inscribed stone of Bybon
The stone of Bybon

This large untreated stone weighing 143,5 kilos is quite unique in its kind. Moreover, it is part of the few pieces of evidence we have about athletes' records during ancient times. It bears an inscription in the front written in the boustrofedon format: an ancient writing system having alternate lines written in opposite directions. The inscription states that Bybon lifted the rock over his head using one arm. Weight lifting was mainly a training exercise during ancient times and not an Olympic event. The achievement of Bybon, however, was extraordinary, so it was celebrated with an inscription on the particular rock that was offered to the sanctuary in Olympia.

Exhibit Features
Date: Archaic period, end of 7th c. B.C. - beginning of 6th c. B.C.
Place of discovery: Ancient Olympia, It was found south-east of the Pelopion.
Dimensions: width: 0,68 m, height: 0,33 m, weight: 143,5 kg
Material: sandstone
Inventory number: Λ 191
Exhibition hole: Exhibition hall 6
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
  Suggestive Bibliography
Dittenburger W., Purgold K., Die Inschriften, 1896, 724, no 717
Λεονάρδος B., Ολυμπία, Αθήνα, 1911, 324
Γιαλούρη Α., Γιαλούρης Ν., Ολυμπία. Το μουσείο και το ιερό, Αθήνα, 1991, 176
Καλτσάς Ν., Ολυμπία, Αθήνα, 1997, 91
Αραπογιάννη Ξ., Ολυμπία. Η κοιτίδα των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων, Αθήνα, 2001, 382
Other views
View of the stone's front surface