Saturday, February 11, 2017


In Ancient Greek vase paintings, the coach or an official is always at hand when men are wrestling, with a long switch to punish rule violators or simply to encourage more vigorous play.  One ancient source complains that when you lose at pankration, a brutal form of mixed martial art, "you are whipped.  And this whipping comes on top of all the ones you received during your training..."

Loser gets paddled?  Sounds like some motivation.

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