- Old Sports from BC Era
The following is a list of some of history’s oldest sports from before the current era, ordered roughly by probable dates of origin…
- Panhellenic Games
The Panhellenic Games is a collective term for the four primary festivals in ancient Greece; the Olympic, Pythian, Isthmian, and Nemean Games.
- Persian Zurkhaneh
The ancient Persian zurkhaneh originated in military training, evolving into an institution for ritualistic training both physical and mental.
- Recipes for Fifty-Two Ailments
Recipes for Fifty-Two Ailments is an ancient Chinese medical text detailing 283 prescriptions for various ailments, including ulcers and poisoning.
- Roman Harpastum (Ball Game)
Roman harpastum was a combination of American football and keep-away. It was a fairly violent sport, with elements from wrestling incorporated.
- Roman Pila (Balls): Follis, Paganica, Trigon
The four primary sports played in ancient Roman society used three types of balls (pila); the follis, paganica, and trigon
- Rx, Prescription Symbol Origin
Rx, or ℞, is the symbol for prescriptions, used both in modern times and centuries past. The three theories as to its origins are detailed here.
- Scottish Shinty
Shinty is a Scottish ball game with ancient Gaelic roots. This dangerous sport has characteristics similar to soccer, hockey, and baseball.
- Strongest Man in History
The title of strongest man in history is typically given to the man with the heaviest confirmed lift of any kind over any distance…
- The Mesoamerican Ball Game
The Mesoamerican ball game was a wildly popular – and deadly – spectator sport played among many Mesoamerican societies throughout millennia.
- Welsh Bando (Field Hockey)
Bando is a Welsh hockey sport that was wildly popular in its past. It was even responsible for a level of deforestation in 18th century Wales.
- Welsh Cnapan (Medieval Football)
Cnapan was a massive, chaotic ball sport played in Wales as early as the Dark Ages. Games had up to 2,000 players, both on foot and horseback.