Classical Antiquities: I. Old Greek Life

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Appleton, 1876 - Greece - 101 pages

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Page 77 - Though extraordinary feats were sometimes recorded, I believe that the Greeks did not understand athletics at all so well as the English do. Two facts may be mentioned in proof of this. The runners are said to have started shouting. The boxers, who had their fists weighted with loaded leather gloves, swung round at one another's ears, instead of striking straight home. What we hear about their training seems equally stupid ; their trained men are described as generally sleepy, they fed on enormous...

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