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37827.  Fri Dec 09, 2005 10:31 am Reply with quote

There must be a few discus oddities

Here's one from Greek mythology:

In Greek mythology, Hyacinth (Greek Ὑάκινθος - Hyiakinthos) was the son of Clio and Pierus, King of Macedonia. Hyacinth was a beautiful youth beloved by the god Apollo. According to myth, the two attempted to beat each other in discus. They took turns throwing it, until Apollo, to impress his lover, threw it with all his might. Hyacinth ran to catch it, to impress Apollo in turn, and was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground and he died.

Frederick The Monk
37851.  Fri Dec 09, 2005 11:36 am Reply with quote

The second century greek traveller and geographer Pausanias records in his Description of Greece what he was told was the discovery of the bones of Ajax.

He said that the sea flooded the side of the grave facing the beach and made it easy to enter the tomb, and he bade me form an estimate of the size of the corpse in the following way. The bones on his knees, called by doctors the knee-pan, were in the case of Ajax as big as the discus of a boy in the pentathlon.

Quite interestingly this might actually be an early account of the discovery of fossilised bones. Adrienne Major in The First Fossil Hunters has calcualted from this that:

it's about the same size as the patella of a Miocene mastodon or rhinoceros

Examples of these have since been uncovered in the area.


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