NUDE MALE GREEK WRESTLERS - ANCIENT GREEK STATUE
Two ancient Greek wrestlers competing nude. Originating in antiquity, wrestling is the oldest and most basic form of recreational combat, probably the most popular sport of the ancient Greeks. Young men belonged to palestras, or wrestling schools, as the focal point of their social life. Illustrations of wrestling on Greek vases and coins are common throughout all periods of ancient Greece, but all that can be told from it is that the style was loose wrestling. The poet Pindas describes how the gods Zeus and Cronus wrestled for possession of the universe along the river Alpheus at Olympia. Zeus was victorious, and the first Olympic festival was held in 776 BC to commemorate his triumph. The philosopher Plato as a young man won many prizes for wrestling. His real name was Aristocles, but because of his success he was given the name Plato, meaning "broad shoulders." There were two wrestling championships in the ancient Olympic games: a toppling event for the best two of three falls; and the pankration, which combined wrestling and boxing and ended in the submission of one contestant. The most famous ancient Greek wrestler was Milon of Croton, who won the wrestling championship of the Olympic games six times. This beautiful statue is hand-made in Greece of high quality "AAA" white cast marble by expert Greek craftsman and stands at 11". It shows the determination, strength, and well-trained bodies of the two wrestlers who, as did all ancient Greek athletes, competed naked. Excellent decoration item or gift.