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Hellanodikai = the judges of the Greeks

V. few stories of corrupt judges

Wore purple robe, royal colour

10 judges chosen by lot: every had fair chance to be a judge, prevented biased citizens becoming judge on purpose

1 overall supervisor, rest divided into 3 groups

  • 3 for equestrian events
  • 3 for penthathlon
  • 3 for remainder of the competition


  • had to swear an oath to judge fairly
  • entirely responible for enforcement of rules (competitors and trainers could be publicly whipped)
  • heavy fines given out (paid


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