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  • Greco-Roman Hoop Rolling

    Hoop rolling was a sporty Greco-Roman game played by both youths and adults. Using a short stick, they would roll a hoop for as long as possible.

  • Greco-Roman Skamma (Wrestling Pit)

    The skamma was the “wrestling pit” in Ancient Greece, used in Greco-Roman stadiums for combat sports and the long jump.

  • Greek Boxing Equipment

    The main piece of boxing equipment ancient Greek fighters typically wore was a pair of hand wraps with sharp-edged leather to cut their opponent’s face.

  • Greek Diaulos (Race)

    The Greek diaulos was a two-lap sprint around 200 meters. It was the second sport to be featured in the ancient Olympic Games.

  • Greek Discus

    The Greek discus was a bronze plate used in ancient Olympic Games. Athletes would compete for the longest thrown distance.

  • Greek Dolichos (Race)

    The dolichos was an ancient Greek footrace held at the Olympic Games. It was an endurance race of 18-24 laps on the stadion – about 3 miles.

  • Greek Episkyros (Ball Game)

    Episkyros, like American football, required a lot of strength and agility. It was a somewhat dangerous sport, with occasional broken bones

  • Greek Gymnasium

    The ancient Greek gymnasium was a bastion of physical education where men could train under the supervision of seasoned athletes.

  • Greek Halteres

    Halteres were ancient Greek sporting tools with similarities to the modern dumbbell. They were primarily used in the long jump.

  • Greek Hoplite Armor

    The Greek hoplite armor used in the ancient hoplitodromos race consisted of bronze greaves, a helmet, and a large wooden shield.

  • Greek Hoplitodromos (Race)

    The hoplitodromos was an encumbered foot race held by the ancient Greeks. Competitors had to sprint while wearing around 50 pounds of armor.

  • Greek Javelin

    The Greek javelin, though primarily used for war and hunting, was a recognizable icon within ancient Greek athletic culture.

  • Greek Palaestra

    The palaestra was an ancient Greek athletic establishment for combat sports. It was a central icon within the life of the Greek man.

  • Greek Palé (Wrestling)

    Greek wrestling, palé, was the first non-running event added to the Ancient Olympics, though likely practiced for centuries beforehand.

  • Greek Pankration

    Pankration was a violent, unrestrained Greek combat sport with elements from boxing and wrestling. Almost no rules meant fighters could kill.

  • Greek Pentathlon

    The ancient Greek pentathlon was a multi-faceted Olympic event with high athletic demand – discus, javelin, long jump, sprinting, and wrestling.

  • Greek Pygmachia (Boxing)

    Pygmachia was a wildly popular Greek boxing sport with brutal and bloody fighting techniques, occasionally leading to deaths in the pit.

  • Greek Stadion (Race)

    The Greek stadion was a highly celebrated footrace and the first event to be held at the ancient Olympic Games.

  • Greek Stadium

    The ancient Greek stadium hosted Panhellenic festivals in different regions, such as the ancient Olympic Games and Panathenaic Games.

  • Greek Strigil

    The strigil was an ancient Greco-Roman tool used to scrape oil, dirt, perspiration, and other contaminants off the skin.