Ruins of Gymnasium at Delphi

Ruins of Gymnasium at Delphi

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Description

A photograph shows the ruins of an ancient Greek gymnasium on a hillside. Lush grass is contrasted with stone walls and evidence of other structures and supports long gone.


Date

Photo: November 2008


Information

This is the site of the gymnasium ruins at Delphi, originally built around 330 BC. In ancient Greece, the gymnasium was a bastion of physical and mental education for men and was held as a sort of symbol of masculinity. Facilities typically included a stadium, baths, a pool, a palaestra, and areas for playing and training for specific sports.


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Bibliography

Scanlon, T. F. (2014). Sports in the Greek and Roman worlds. Vol. 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sacks, D., Murray, O., & Bunson, M. (1995). Encyclopedia of the ancient Greek world. New York: Facts on File.