Thursday, November 8, 2007

Nude Exercise In Ancient Greece

The word "gymnasium" comes from the Greek root "gymnos," which means "nude." The literal meaning of "gymnasium" is "school for naked exercise." Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games participated in the nude.The custom of exercising nude was first introduced in the city-state of Sparta, according to legend. It spread through all of Greece. Athletes from every part of Greece came together for the Olympic Games, competing naked in various foot races, as well as the long jump, javelin throwing, discus throwing; even boxing and wrestling.