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Olympic Bookends

30 Jan
Photo of Olympic Bookends

Each bookend is 8″ tall and weighs 6.5 lbs. Bronze. No maker’s mark.

Celebrating the Olympiads of ancient Greece, this old pair of bookends is big and heavy.

Photo of Greek Inscription

Greek Inscription

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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