V. For example, you have heard of the Cilician pancratic athlete, whom our fathers called "Halter", how small he was, indeed much smaller than his opponents.
PH. I am certainly aware of him, in view of his statues, for bronze ones stand in many places.
V. He possessed excellence in skill and courage, and harmony of body made him very strong. When the young man arrived at this sanctuary (he sailed directly to Delphi for the trial of strength) he asked Protesilaos how he might overcome his rivals. He said. "By being trampled upon". Faintheartedness immediately seized the athlete, as if he had been struck down by the oracle. After he first discovered the heel maneuver during a contest, he later realized that the oracle ordered him not to let go of the opponent's foot. For the one who wrestles with the heel must be trampled upon repeatedly and lie under his opponent. By doing so, the athlete gained and illustrious name for himself and was defeated by noone.
Heroikos by Philostratus
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