A celebrated athlete of Crotona in the late sixth century BCE, who won of the Olympic Games six times. One legend tells that he carried a four-year-old heifer through the stadium at Olympia, killed it with a single blow from his fist, and ate it whole afterward. At an advanced age he attempted to tear in two an oak-tree, but the two parts suddenly clamped shut, trapping his hands. While he was held fast he was devoured by wild animals. Milo was a follower of Pythagoras.



  • Brockhaus Conversations-Lexikon, Vol. 8. (1811). Leipzig, p. 61.
  • Ovid. Metamorphoses xv, 234.