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by Micha F. Lindemans

Cleomedes of Astypalaea was a famous Greek athlete. Once, at the Olympic Games, he killed his opponent, Iccus of Epidaurus, during a boxing match. He was convicted of foul play and was refused the prize. Mad with anger, he returned to Astypalaea where he attacked a school, killing about sixty children by pulling down the pillar which supported the roof.

Pursued by the angry citizens he took refuge in the temple of Athena and locked himself in a chest. When the citizens finally pried open the lid, they found the chest empty. They sent an envoy to Delphi and the Pythian priestess told them that Cleomedes was no longer a mortal and that they should honor him with sacrifices. From that moment on the Astypalaeans venerated him as a hero.

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