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Olympiad Bookends

06 Dec
Photo of Olympiad Bookends

Each bookend is 8 inches tall and weighs 6.5 pounds, solid bronze,no maker’s mark.

BE_Olympiad_PindarCelebrating the Olympiads of ancient Greece this old pair of bookends is big and heavy. Each bookend pictures a Greek warrior in profile against a shield, with swords and war hammers in the background.  Above the warrior’s head there is a motto in the Greek language which translates to “through toil, victory” meaning “victory is the result of effort/work.” This motto is taken from a statement by the Greek poet Pindar giving praise to Hagesidamus of Western Locri, victor in boys‘ boxing, 476 BC.

 

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