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tory over Sciron and Sims. In any case, the Athenians were specially interested in the festival from the earliest times. It was alleged that, from the days of Theseus downwards, they had what was called the prSSdrta, the right of occupying the most prominent seats at the games, and, in accordance with a law attributed to Solon, they presented to those of their citizens who were victors in the contests a reward
Corinth (B.C. 46) it was restored to that city. The contests included gymnastic exercises, horse-races, and competitions in music. The two former differed in no essential way from the Olympian Games (q.v.); in the third, besides musicians, poets of either sex contended for the prize. Besides the customary palm, the prize in Pindar's time consisted of a wreath of dry selinOn [often translated " parsley," but
* SITE OF THE ISTHMIAN GAMES.
(Neptune) and Melicertes (Palasmon). After Leake's Travels in the Aforea, vol. iii, pi. 8.
amounting to 100 drachma;. [The only occasion when Socrates was absent from Athens, except with the army, was to attend this festival.] The inhabitants of Elis were completely excluded from the games, being debarred from either sending competitors or festal envoys. The Corinthians had the presidency, which was transferred to the Sicyonians after the destruction of Corinth (b.c. 146), but at the rebuilding of
more probably identical with the " wild celery," dpium grdvedlens. The selinon was a symbol of funeral games]. After the destruction of Corinth, a crown of pine leaves was substituted for it. The games long continued to be held, even under the Roman Empire. [Op. Plutarch, Timoleon, 26,vand Sympos. v 3, 1-3.]
ItlnSraria. The Roman term for (1) compendious lists of the names and distances