Sports History Archive
Posted on March 10, 2013 | No CommentsNot surprisingly, at the Olympic Games and other such festivals, boxing matches sometimes ended with the death of the defeated opponent. Other Olympic sports were almost as brutal; they included the pankration, a form of unarmed combat in which anything was allowed other than biting and gouging (a rule that was not always strictly observed).
Posted on September 28, 2012 | No CommentsIn Ancient Greece, swimming was never considered as one of the traditional games (although, it is possible that the Isthmian Games were swimming competi- tions in the Sea of Corinth, in the true competitive Greek spirit). Among the Greeks, the Athenians and, above all, the Delians from Delos were the best swim- mers. Their ability is well-known.
Posted on September 16, 2012 | No CommentsAccording to the myth, Eubatos from Kyrene trusted so much the answer from an oracle, which promised him his victory as a sprinter, that in 408 B.C. he carried at once all alone his statue to Olympia, which was unique in history of ancient sport.