Nudity in Ancient Greece Olympic Games

5 August 2016

Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games


The Olympic Games, known until today, has a long history in which we go back to ancient time. It all began in the Peloponnese, in Greece, there are some 3000 years ago. The sports competitions were organised in Olympia and were called Olympic Games later, because of the location.

No one knows exactly when they started, but the first written references mentioning a competition is dated 776 BC. These games were organised in the same way every four years. In this period of four years was given the name of Olympics and this date system was used for the count of the Olympics over the years.

Olympic runners

All the athletes who participated at the Olympics were men and competed naked. Women were prohibited from attending the husbands to compete or the other athletes were also allowed to participate. If any woman in disguise to enter and were discovered, the sentence was death and at the bottom, only to see the sport. Why they participated naked? This is simple. In ancient times, show the naked body was not ashamed, especially among men.

Today if some person go out naked, everyone would be outraged and the person possibly would be stuck for a few days or given as crazy. I'm not saying that at the time were always going on but it wasn't embarrassing to anyone because there was no shame there is today. It turns out that over time attitudes have been changing. The clothes actually appeared to us protect us from the cold and from the looks of the other.

When we look at a sculpture or a painting in vase, it's easy to identify an athlete by his nakedness. Their bodies, sculpted by exercises, were used as models by sculptors and painters who drew inspiration in his works directly from the athletes and the movement of these while practicing sports. The beauty of the naked body was considered a reflection of inner beauty and illustrated the harmonious balance between body and mind. Sports help develop and achieve this harmony.

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