The ancient Olympic Wrestling was introduced in the ancient Olympics in 708 B.C., as a part of the Pentathlon. We created a collection of small framed relief plaques, depicting sports of the Olympic Games. The depiction of the wrestling is inspired by the representation of the sport on an ancient Attic black-figure amphora. The relief plaque is made of copper, plated in silver solution 999° and it is mounted on a wooden frame. The frame is suitable for hanging and standing, in order to be easier for you to use it.
Dimensions: 14cm x 14cm x 2cm
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Wrestling became the final event of the pentathlon, when it was introduced in 708 B.C. in the ancient Olympic Games, but it existed as a sport event on its own, as well. It was the last event to be held after the discus, the javelin, the long jump and the foot race and it designated the winner of the Pentathlon, the only crowned athlete of the Olympics. The most famous of all wrestlers was Milon of Croton. As a sport, the wrestling was highly valued as a form of military exercise without weapons.
Olympic Wrestling in Ancient Greece had many similarities with today’s Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling, but there were less rules than the modern Olympics have. Matches were held in an area filled with sand, the keroma. Once a match began, it continued without interval until one man had thrown to the ground his opponent three times. There were no divisions by weight. Contestants were allowed to trip, but not to bite, gouge, or punch. There were two kinds of Ancient Olympic Wrestling, the Kato Pale, which was ground wrestling and the Orthia Pale, which was upright wrestling.
The ancient Attic amphora with the wrestling scene in the Gymnasium is kept at the Staatliche Museen in Berlin.
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