Classical Studies 2300 Chapter Notes -Aryballos, Strigil

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Published on 17 Apr 2013
School
Western University
Department
Classical Studies
Course
Classical Studies 2300
Professor
Ancient Greek Athletics
2 The World of Greek Athletics
Athletics was not just about competition, it was concerned with winning a
prize
Sport for sport’s sake was not an ancient concept
Competition was always done in the nude
o Males genitals contract during exercise so that the danger of injury is
less likely
Kynodesmai the things with which the Athenians tied up their private parts
when they stripped
o Not all athletes used kynodesmai, and the rules around it are unclear
Gymnasts anyone who did something in the nude; a trainer of nude
activites
Gymnasion place for nude athletes, a place for training the nude body and
the mind
There are two groupings at Olympia: andres men and paides boys (about
17)
o Intermediate group called ageneioi (beardless youths) was included
at some sites
Athletes rubbed oil on their body prior to exercise and competition
o Each athlete had an oil jar
o Said to warm up the muscles, protect from the elements, make the
body appear aesthetically pleasing, or that the coating prevented the
loss of bodily fluids
Athletes carried a cord that help the aryballos holds the oil
After exercise the athlete scrapes their body with a strigil a curved tool
made of bronze
Athletes also carried a sponge which was used to wash up after the scraping
was completed
Another piece of athletic equipment that is sometimes portrayed is a cap
doesn’t cover the ears, but seems to be used to hold the hair down
o Not worn in competitions, only in practice
It is thought that after cleaning up after exercise, athletes threw up powder
to coat the body evenly
Flogging the punishment for fouls stroked with a piece of a willow
No team competitions in AGA, every event was man against man, one on one
No prize for second place
Winners were chosen by obvious objective standards who crossed the
finish line first, who hurled his javelin the farthest, who threw his wrestling
opponent to the ground
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Athletics was not just about competition, it was concerned with winning a prize. Sport for sport"s sake was not an ancient concept. Competition was always done in the nude: males genitals contract during exercise so that the danger of injury is less likely. Kynodesmai the things with which the athenians tied up their private parts when they stripped: not all athletes used kynodesmai, and the rules around it are unclear. Gymnasts anyone who did something in the nude; a trainer of nude activites. Gymnasion place for nude athletes, a place for training the nude body and the mind. There are two groupings at olympia: andres men and paides boys (about: intermediate group called ageneioi (beardless youths) was included at some sites. Athletes carried a cord that help the aryballos holds the oil. After exercise the athlete scrapes their body with a strigil a curved tool made of bronze.

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