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When were the first Olympics?

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The date of the first‐ever Olympic Games seems unimpeachable. But recent analysis shows that it is nothing more than a statistical approximation – one of the earliest ever made. The approximator – our proto‐statistician – was Hippias of Elis. Before statisticians claim him as one of their own, they should know that he fudged his data. Paul Christesen tells all.

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