Sunday, July 22, 2012

Who Was At The Olympic Games in Ancient Greece

Olympics Stamps : United Kingdom - 1948: King George VI commemorative mail stamp printed in the UK on the occasion of the London Olympic Games of 1948
Photo of U.K. stamp commemorating the 1948 London Olympics courtesy

Many famous people from all walks of life participated in the ancient Olympic Games including Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Demosthenes, Hippocrates, and other physicians, philosophers, musicians, artists, historians, poets, and more.  Married women were not allowed to attend the games until after Kallipateira the Pherenice taught her son the art of fighting and trained him for the games, where he won and she was discovered in attendance dressed as a man, and thereafter all women were allowed to attend.  For more information click here and click here.  What did you learn today?

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