Male nudes are the norm in Greek art , even though historians have stated that ancient Greeks kept their clothes on for the most part. New research suggests that art might have been imitating life more closely than previously thought. Nudity was a costume used by artists to depict various roles of men, ranging from heroicism and status to defeat. Hurwit's newly published research shows that the Greeks did walk around in the buff in some situations. Men strode about free of their togas in the bedroom and at parties called symposia, where they would eat, drink and carouse. Nudity was also common on the athletic fields and at the Olympic games.
2. The Prudes Wore Penis Restraints
1. Ancient Olympic Athletes Competed in the Nude
All rights reserved. Nude athletes, performance-enhancing lizard meat, and animal sacrifices are just a few of the things that separate the ancient Olympics from the modern games, says the author of The Naked Olympics. The games were dedicated to [the god] Zeus. There were athletic games all over Greece , but because of the sanctity of Zeus, the Olympics quickly became revered. The first games had just a single foot race, which was won by the cook Koroibos. They had to appear at the [nearby] city of Elis a month before the games.
Submit your own Neatorama post and vote for others' posts to earn NeatoPoints that you can redeem for T-shirts, hoodies and more over at the NeatoShop! Most people know that the Olympics started out in Ancient Greece, but did you know that back then the athletes competed in the nude? Though technically, they could wear penis restraints - yes, you read that right. Or that one of the games was an ancient form of mixed martial arts? Or that a chef won the very first Olympic games? Milo of Kroton, one of the greatest Ancient Olympic champion. He won the wrestling event 6 times, over the span of 34 years! Yes, that's right - ancient Olympic sportsmen all men, by the way ran, wrestled, and fought buck naked. Why naked?
For the Ancient Greeks, the human body was a sacred thing that was meant to be celebrated in both art and everyday life. Outside of the sporting arena, women still bared their chests alongside men in everyday life. Traditional Minoan dresses were cut down to the mid-waist leaving the breasts exposed; a stark contrast to today where in many parts of society women will be criticized just for breastfeeding a baby in public.