Main Page | See live article | Alphabetical index


Melankomas, or Melancomas, of Caria was a boxer, winner of the 207th (ancient Roman) Olympiad in 49 AD. He was known for his athleticism, good looks, and brave heart. He became legend for his boxing style; he would totally avoid the punches of the other boxer without throwing any himself. Reputedly, he never lost a match or was struck by an opponent.

Greek orator Dio Chrysostom explains the boxing style of Melankomas in Discourse 29. However it is unclear how accurate this account may be as Dio uses hyperbole. His descriptions make Melankomas sound more like a ballet dancer than a boxer. Dio also indicates that Melankomas was scandalously connected with the Emperor Titus.

External Links