Perhaps we can learn from the diverse forms of emotional attachment prized by the ancient Greeks. A Greek sculpture from the fourth century B. Roman Krznaric posted Dec 27, This article originally appeared in Sojourners. Do you want a cappuccino, an espresso, a skinny latte, or maybe an iced caramel macchiato?
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Full of blood, passion and extraordinary feats of athletic endeavour, the Olympic Games were the sporting, social and cultural highlight of the Ancient Greek calendar for almost 12 centuries. So, they actually had to delay putting the army together to defend the country against the Persians.
All free Greek males were allowed to take part, from farmhands to royal heirs, although the majority of Olympians were soldiers.
Women could not compete or even attend. There was, however, a Ancient greeks to this misogynistic rule — chariot owners, not riders, were declared Olympic champions and anyone could own a chariot.
Kyniska, daughter of a Spartan king, took advantage of this, claiming victory wreaths in BC and BC. At their heart, the Games were a religious festival and a good excuse for Greeks from all over the Mediterranean basin to gather for a riotous barbeque.
On the middle day of the festival a vast number of cows were slaughtered in honour of Zeus, King of the Greek Gods — once he had been given a small taste, the rest was for the people.
For the first plus years all the action took place in the sanctuary of Olympia, situated in the north-western Peloponnese. Pock-marked by olive trees, from which the victory wreaths were cut, and featuring an altar to Zeus, it was a hugely scared spot.
The Games lasted a full five days by the fifth century BC and saw running, jumping and throwing events plus boxing, wrestling, pankration and chariot racing.
But first, here are our 10 favourite facts to get you started: All athletes competed naked Wrestlers and pankration a sort of mixed martial art which combined boxing and wrestling competitors fought covered in oil Corporal punishment awaited those guilty of a false start on the track There were only two rules in the pankration — no biting and no gouging Boxers were urged to avoid attacking the on-display male genitals There were no points, no time limits and no weight classifications in the boxing Athletes in the combat sports had to indicate their surrender by raising their index fingers — at times they died before they could do this Boxers who could not be separated could opt for klimax, a system whereby one fighter was granted a free hit and then vice-versa — a toss of a coin decided who went first."[This work] will represent the principal study of ancient Greek beliefs in the intervention of the dead, a topic of acute relevance to the study of classical literature, Greek religion, and the later cultures that spawned curse tablets and versions of Christianity."―David Frankfurter, author of Religion in Roman Egypt "This is an incontestably useful book.
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