Pythagoras (boxer)

Pythagoras of Samos (Greek: Πυθαγόρας ο Σάμιος) lived in the period around the last part of 6th century BC and early 5th century BC, and was an ancient Greek boxer and a winner in boxing at the ancient Olympic Games.[1]

One of the most popular festivals of ancient Greece were the Olympic Games, participation in which was the great dream of Pythagoras. In 588 BC, although he was still a boy, he decided to give the oath of sixteen months' training to take part in the games. During the 48th Olympiad, Pythagoras of Samos was excluded from the boys' boxing contest and was mocked for being effeminate, but he went on to the men's contest and defeated all his opponents.[2]


  1. ^ "Archaic Hellenism". History of Hellenic Nation (in Greek). 2. Athens Publishing. 1971. p. 502. ISBN 960-213-097-0. OCLC 636806977. OL 18546042M. Athens Academy Award 1980
  2. ^ Eusebius of Caesarea. Chronicon: Olympiads of the Greeks. Schoene-Petermann. p. 200.