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The bronze Boxer of Quirinal, also known as the Terme Boxer, is a Hellenistic Greek sculpture dated around 330 B.C. of a sitting boxer with Caestus, a type of leather hand-wrap, in the collection of the National Museum of Rome. It is one of the two unrelated bronzes (the other being the unidentified Hellenistic Ruler) discovered on the slopes of the Quirinal... [continue reading]
An inscribed bronze discus from Olympia dedicated by Publius Asklepiades (After 241 CE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
A boxing scene from an attic red-figure kylix (c. 500 BCE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
A depiction of a chariot with charioteer on an attic black-figure kylix (510-500 BCE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
Attic black-figure column crater depicting a foot race (510-500 BCE). Olympia Archaeological Museum.
A bronze statue of a boxer (2nd century BCE). The leather thongs wrapped around the fist can be clearly seen. Olympia Archaeological Museum.
A detail of a wrestling scene, National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
Macedonian gold stater from the reign of Philip II, 359-356 BCE. O: Head of Apollo. R: Charioteer driving a racing biga.
Located in the western Peloponnese, Olympia was an ancient Greek sanctuary site dedicated to the worship of Zeus, in whose honour Pan-Hellenic Games were held every four years from 776 BCE to 393 CE. First inhabited in the second millennium BCE, the first archaeological record of dwellings dates from 1900 to 1600 BCE. The Kronion hill at the site was perhaps... [continue reading]
published on 12 March 2013
That there is a connection between warfare and sport is evident enough. Competitive games, in the form of contests between individuals or teams, imitate war in a more or less conscious manner. This fact is most obviously reflected in the language of sport. When sports writers use terms like catastrophe, tragedy, massacre, or annihilation, people sometimes... [continue reading]
The ancient Olympic Games were a sporting event held every four years at the sacred site of Olympia, in the western Peloponnese, in honour of Zeus, the supreme god of Greek religion. Involving participants and spectators from all over Greece and even beyond, the Games were the most important cultural event in ancient Greece and were held from 776... [continue reading]