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AT RINGSIDE: HOMER
Gerald Holland
August 16, 1954
One of the earliest sports writers was Homer. About 3,000 years ago he covered a bout between Euryalous and Epeios and wrote:
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August 16, 1954

At Ringside: Homer

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One of the earliest sports writers was Homer. About 3,000 years ago he covered a bout between Euryalous and Epeios and wrote:

"...and the two boxers being girt went into the midst of the ring, and both lifting up their stalwart hands fell to.... And noble Epeios came on, and as the other spied for an opening, smote him on the cheek, nor could he much more stand, for his fair limbs failed straightway under him...and his dear comrades stood around him and led him through the ring with trailing feet, spitting out clotted blood, dropping his head awry, and they set him down in his swoon among them...."
—The Iliad, Book XXIII

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