Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Women Chariot Racers In The Ancient Olympics

Chariot Race Women : Old engraved illustration of the Return of Helen on quadriga from the Campana collection (Louvre Museum). Dictionary of words and things - Larive and Fleury ? 1895 Stock Photo
Photo of the Louvre's engraving of "Helena's Return in a quadriga" courtesy 123rf.com

In the Ancient Greek Olympics, rich unmarried women participated in the Chariot Races, which was under the category of Equestrian Events.  There were two-horse and four-horse chariot races.  Since only the rich could afford to participate in these particular events, the prizes were not given to the winners, but were given to the horses instead.  In 396 and 392 B.C. a Spartan princess, Cynisca, won the Chariot Races.  For more information click here.  What did you learn today?

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