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Ancient Greece and the Original Olympics

While we’re on the topic of Ancient Greece and physical, luscious beauty (my Irish ancestors are Greek…), in the spirit of the London Olympics wherein my country Canada fell down upon itself, (especially compared to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics wherein Canada set a historical record for the most gold medals in winter Olympics history), a time travel back to the origins of the Olympics is utterly in order.  Did you catch all that? The discus throwers did. watch first nations dance of canada

Historical records indicate that the Games began in 776 BC in Olympia. They continued to be celebrated when Greece came under Roman rule, until the emperor Theodosius I outlawed them in 394 AD as part of the campaign to impose Christianity as the state religion of Rome. What is it about my religious history that always suppresses the best times in history?  Sheesh. Perhaps this was also a prudish backlash against the promiscuous sexuality that the gods and goddesses of Greece represented. Quite a religion.  Sign me up. watch birth of the olympics

The games were held in honour of (what else) the ultimate Greek God Zeus, the ruler of Olympus, the place where Greek gods and goddesses hung out.The games became a political tool used by city-states to assert dominance over their rivals, not entirely unlike today. The Olympics featured religious celebrations and artistic competitions. The statue of Zeus was counted as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Sculptors created works like Myron’s Diskobolos or Discus Thrower. Their aim was to highlight natural human movement and the shape of muscles and the body. watch discobolous

The prizes for the athletic victors were wreaths of laurel leaves. In common modern usage it refers to a victory. The expression “resting on one’s laurels” refers to relying on long-past successes for continued fame or recognition. watch the greek gods 1 of 4

 

 It is a truism that the athletes competed stark nude.  Yes,  nude.  Keep in mind that homosexuality was the norm, not heterosexuality, and women were significant only for their reproductive ability, and that does shed a new light on this unique tradition. Consider the hoopla and uproar over the sexualization of women and men athletes in the 2012 London Olympics. Doesn’t this add an interesting modern twist on an old tradition? That and tossing the Spice Girls into the mix, of course. watch Spice Girls Closing Ceremony

Actually, not all of them were naked. Some wore a kynodesme (literally a “dog leash”), a thin leather thong used as a penis restraint…presumably these athletes were a bit shy.  Personally, I think it was to prevent their natural desire for their team mates from becoming a tad obvious.  Ick. watch every sperm is sacred

Married women were banned at the Ancient Olympics on penalty of death. The laws dictated that any married woman caught entering the Olympic grounds would be hurled to her death from a cliff.  Ouch. Maidens, however, could watch…yet another reason to avoid the altar and enjoy one’s life. To be fair, women had their own games, which took place during Heraea, a festival worshipping the goddess Hera, Zeusold lady. They ran.  That was it. As to whether or not the female athletes ran in the nude, I have no idea….certainly explains the phenomenon of sagging breasts later in life. watch Monty Python’s the meaning of life – death

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