Women in Ancient Greece : did they take part in sport? / by Christian Wacker

Wacker, Christian

Women never participated in agones before the Roman era and not one single source survives stating the opposite. The few indications for women practicing physical activities are related to contexts beyond competitions. In Ancient Greece, women are known to have been stable owners and horse breeders, who even went on to win competitions in Olympia, runners and dancers in chorals and at religious festivals, and to have played certain ball games and practised acrobatics in private spheres. Running and dancing, when referring to female participation, never had a competitive character, but were embedded in rituals, which were mostly prenuptual. Women did not take part in sport.

See the issue of the journal "Journal of Olympic history, 24.3, 2016"

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