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Default Ancient Greek Mixed Wrestling

I'm always intrigued with stories about intergender wrestling in ancient Greece. Though not well documented, there's enough evidence to suggest these did occur. Here's a couple of sketches depicting a match...
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A couple more.
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Wow !! Very intriguing topic. I think it is particularly interesting because it must have been a very special experience for men back then, especially if the female was strong and able to win because in ancient wrestling it was really uncommon for women to practice at all especially with men. But maybe in private a really strong woman who had a strong body from physical labor might have challenged her partner… man, I am getting excited just fantasizing about it ! It would be awesome if we could find some more content for this awesome thread

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Where were these from ? I am wondering if this is some historical info or did it derive from the prospering imagination of a fellow mixed wrestling enthusiast. Looks really nice and sparks some amazing images and fantasy within my head
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Wow !! Very intriguing topic. I think it is particularly interesting because it must have been a very special experience for men back then, especially if the female was strong and able to win because in ancient wrestling it was really uncommon for women to practice at all especially with men. But maybe in private a really strong woman who had a strong body from physical labor might have challenged her partnerů man, I am getting excited just fantasizing about it ! It would be awesome if we could find some more content for this awesome thread



Where were these from ? I am wondering if this is some historical info or did it derive from the prospering imagination of a fellow mixed wrestling enthusiast. Looks really nice and sparks some amazing images and fantasy within my head
The sketches are my own. In researching I ran into a number of references concerning Spartan women who were quite athletic. Wrestling was one of their many activities they competed in. There are several mentions in different history books concerning Spartan women wrestling men, but it's just a mention. The only solid evidence is a Greek vase depicting a wrestling match between Peleus and Atalanta.

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"...because Atalanta grew to be one of the world's most beautiful women. And despite this, decided to stay a virgin. In addition to her beauty, she could out-race and wrestle any man and was an excellent huntress (like her patron goddess Artemis). For example she beat Peleus (the to-be father of Achilles) in a wrestling match..."
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Even though this is a myth, it sounds like the Greeks contemplated men wrestling women. Sounds like it was fun back in those days!
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The sketches are my own. In researching I ran into a number of references concerning Spartan women who were quite athletic. Wrestling was one of their many activities they competed in. There are several mentions in different history books concerning Spartan women wrestling men, but it's just a mention. The only solid evidence is a Greek vase depicting a wrestling match between Peleus and Atalanta.
I too have read that Spartan women were trained in gymnastics, including wrestling.
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The sketches are my own. In researching I ran into a number of references concerning Spartan women who were quite athletic. Wrestling was one of their many activities they competed in. There are several mentions in different history books concerning Spartan women wrestling men, but it's just a mention. The only solid evidence is a Greek vase depicting a wrestling match between Peleus and Atalanta.

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"...because Atalanta grew to be one of the world's most beautiful women. And despite this, decided to stay a virgin. In addition to her beauty, she could out-race and wrestle any man and was an excellent huntress (like her patron goddess Artemis). For example she beat Peleus (the to-be father of Achilles) in a wrestling match..."
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Even though this is a myth, it sounds like the Greeks contemplated men wrestling women. Sounds like it was fun back in those days!
Indeed,my friend, indeed Oh my gosh !! I know what I'm going to be dreaming about tonight. I am going to have me a little ancient dream ! Thanks for the very interesting background information,mate ! Seems like the ancient greeks have had a certain appreciation for strong beautiful women. They must have had good taste

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I too have read that Spartan women were trained in gymnastics, including wrestling.
I have heard of that aswell but I did not ever hear about them getting it on wit the boys This thread opened me up to a cool, beautiful little fantasy
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Remember some to assasin creed odyssei: kasandra wrestle in pankration.
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Listening to the radio last night I learned that Spartan women used to ride horses and wrestle. The reasoning behind this had more to do with militarism and eugenics ie helping to raise strong male warriors rather than feminism. Plutarch (an ancient influence on Shakespeare) documented this and there are echoes of it in the play, "Coriolanus" where the mother of the title character revels (pre-Sigmund Freud) in her son's martial skills and battle scars.
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