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Atalanta and the golden apples – Greek myth

By |2018-04-23T10:11:30+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Atalanta (see her name misspelled on the vase?) Atalanta was a woman who was very good at all kinds of sports (in the story; this is a story). She was a fast runner and a sharp-shooter and a strong wrestler and a great huntress. An oracle told Atalanta that she would be ruined if she got married, so she didn't [...]

Opening ceremonies – Greek Olympic games

By |2018-04-22T22:39:20+00:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|

The palaestra at Olympia, Elis, Greece (about 250 BC) Once all the men had arrived in Elis for the Olympic Games, they spent a month practicing and training together in a big palaestra, or gym, with a sand floor. They only got fresh cheese and water at their meals, and they all ate [...]

Athletic events – Ancient Greek Olympics

By |2018-04-22T22:34:59+00:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|

Greek Olympic events - Men's footrace (Athens, ca. 530 BC) A short foot race At first, the only athletic competition at the Olympics was a single short foot race, 170 meters long. (According to one story, that was how far Hercules could run on one breath.) For the first twelve Olympics, that's all [...]

What games did people play in ancient Greece?

By |2017-09-23T11:50:09+00:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|

Discobolos (the Discus Thrower) (This is a Roman copy; the Greek one didn't last) The Greeks took games of all kinds very seriously, but especially physical athletic competition. The Greeks believed that their gods especially loved to see strong, fit, graceful human bodies, especially boys' and men's bodies. So one way to get [...]