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My Naked Finland Experiences of 2014: Helsinki WNBR, Nakukymppi Unclothed Run & Finnish Bare Saunas .
Body Image Struggles and Seeing Myself Through My Mother’s Eyes is the intention of this paper to show
that nudity in Greek athletics had its origins in prehistoric Greece and was
connected with the warrior-athlete whose training and competition in the games
was at the same time his training for war. The distinction between warriorathlete and athlete is that both were nude but the former wore in particular occasions
some parts of his panoply which he lost as time went on.
Partially be explained as a reminiscence of the warrior-athlete. The competitions
were nude except for a helmet and greaves, and carried a shield. It is possible
that this kind of race was practiced in some local contests before its
Launch into the Olympic plan. Similar races were held at Nemea and
according to Philostratos were of great antiquity.2
In Athens an attempt had been made at the close of the sixth century to
introduce loincloths into athletic competitions. This is obvious from a modest
Amount of black figured Athenian vases (Figs, 2,3) that depict sportsmen wearing
loincloths. This attempt seemingly failed, and nudity again became the trend
in athletics. It’s possible this is what Thucydides and Plato had in mind
when they wrote the launch of nudity in the games had taken place
just before their own time. The few of these vases (520-500 B.C.)
* I ‘m glad for the useful criticism and comments of anonymous reviewers of this Journal.
162, 163. These studies offer an
admirable help toward understanding a phenomenon within a higher culture. When, however, one strives to locate
the source of the difficulty, which is lost in the dark mists of ancient time he cannot use the same reasoning (selfcontrol, health and attractiveness arguments) to explain it. If one does so he must be ready to acknowledge that all races of the
world started their existence on earth at the bottom of the scale with the exclusion of the Greeks.
like all other human races, commenced their livelihood at the underparts of the the scale and worked their way upward from
savagery to civilization and true kept some survivals of that old condition. This paper attempts to clarify the
condition of the human race, its emotional nature and reasoning, its mental and moral powers, and its protracted
struggle against fear.
2. For Philostratos as an incorrect source see E. L. Bowie, "Greeks and Their Past in
the Second Sophistic," Past and Present 46 (1970): 17. For more on the armed-race see Aristophanes Fowl 291;
Red-body Attic Vase. E. Norman Gardiner, "Notes on the Greek Foot Race," JHS 23
(1903) amount 14.
prompted some scholars to raise the question of reintroduction of loincloths in
Sports.3 This wasn’t an attempt to "reintroduce" but instead to introduce
loincloths in the games because prior to these vase representations there is
nothing in Greek art to signify the existence of loincloths in sports. The
alleged change from loincloths to nudity isn’t exemplified in any Greek artwork.
Thucydides wrote the Spartans "were the first to bare their bodies and,
after stripping openly, to anoint themselves with oil when they participated in
athletic exercise." Dionysios of Halicarnassos believed that "The first guy who
at the close of the sixth century to introduce the loincloth and that this temporary style is the reason for
Thucydides’ statement?" See E. Norman Cardiner, Sports of the Ancient World (Oxford, 1930), p. 191
(hereafter mentioned as AAW).
"While the representations of sportsmen on vases had generally depicted them
naked, it may be that an effort to reintroduce loincloths had been made in Greece before Thucydides’ time (as
Indicated by E. N. These parts had mixed results in previous studies, which necessitated further research. [AAW] advertising amount 163 .)". James Arieti, "Nudity in Greek Sport," [431 11.31
said: "E. Norman Gardiner [AAW, p, 191] suggests, on the foundation of a vase belonging to the end of the sixth century
this time. But Gardiner is himself very uncertain on this point, lifting it just as a question, and there is no real
Signs that the loincloth was reintroduced." Both Mann’s and Arieti’s statements are erroneous since Gardiner