- "And the men arranged the sacred hecatomb
for the god in orderly fashion around the strong-founded altar."
"'Chryses, I was sent here by the lord of men Agamemnon
to lead back your daughter and accomplish a sacred hecatomb
to Apollo on behalf of the Danaans, that we may propitiate
the lord who has heaped unhappiness and tears on the Argives.'"
"A vast number of young men -- for the festival is called a panegyris -- assembled at Argos, and marched in armour to the temple of the goddess. They were preceded by one hundred oxen (ἑκατόμβη, whence the festival is also called ἑκατόμβαια)."
"Heraia", A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1890) William Smith, LLD, William Wayte, G. E. Marindin, Ed.
In Plutarch's Life of Marius section 26 ff, Marius vows a hecatomb for victory over the Cimbri:
"Meanwhile the infantry of the Barbarians came on to the attack like a vast sea in motion. Then Marius, after washing his hands, lifted them to heaven and vowed a hecatomb to the gods; Catulus also in like manner lifted his hands and vowed that he would consecrate the fortune of that day. It is said, too, that Marius offered sacrifice, and that when the victims had been shown to him, he cried with a loud voice: "Mine is the victory.""
Philo (Legat. II 598) says the Jews offered a hecatomb for Caligula.
- In his commentary on the Satires of Juvenal John E. B. Mayor says that the father of Herodes Atticus often offered a hecatomb to the goddess Athena.