July 26, 2004

More old-school sports

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 26, 2004 4:38 PM

Via Fark, an interesting article describing the ancient Olympic games.

A few events have persisted over the millennia, like the discus, javelin, running, wrestling and boxing - although the ancient versions often had different rules. Other events vanished with the empire, like the full-armoured sprint and the pankration - which resembled a bar fight that allowed finger-breaking and genital punching.

They ought to bring back the pankration. Just imagine the TV ratings...

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