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Boxing - fought until one was knocked out or gave up
Equestrian Events - chariot racing and riding - jockeys rode without stirrups
Pankration - boxing and wrestling
Pentathlon - combination of 5 events: discus, javelin, jumping, running, wrestling
Running - 4 types of races
**Jumping - they carried stone or lead weights
Ancient Greek theater has been fascinating. Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and others, have been the teachers of morality, nobleness, courage and patriotism across the centuries.
Theater originated as a festival to the god Dionysus, the god of joyous life and hospitality.
set in the past
relationships between people and gods
not all had unhappy endings
though people suffered, most still carried on despite their suffering
Aeschylus - wrote about power and its effect on people
Sophocles - suffering was due to sins and mistakes and suffering could make someone a better person
Euripides - people suffered because they did bad things
set in the present
had a happy ending
poked fun at certain politicians in the audience (not the brightest idea!)
later poked fun at a certain kind of person
Aristophanes - found something funny about every one
Did you know that the first Shrek movie followed the rules for Shakespearean and ancient Greek comedy? Check it out.