Thursday, May 6, 2010

Myths and Legends: Milo of Croton

Milo of Croton. To find out more about the legendary Greek strongman, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

Milo was famed as a wrestler in the 6th century B.C.E. He came from the Greek city of Croton in southern Italy and he won many Olympic victories during his long athletic career. He was also famed for feats of strength, such as carrying a bull around on his shoulders for a day before slaughtering the bull and eating the whole thing himself.

The painting depicts the legendary death of Milo - he supposedly attempted to tear a tree in two with his bare hands, but his hands got stuck; he was then attacked by wild beasts and killed, being unable to escape.

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