I watch UFC on occasion and still watch boxing here and there. My roommates even watch WWE still and sometimes I’ll find myself watching a wrestling match while cooking. During UFC matches, when the fighters are doing their ‘ground-in-pound,’ someone will inevitably make a man love joke about the positions the fighters find themselves in. When you think about the history of wrestling and go back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, you can’t help but think that the same techniques and holds have been used for millenniums. Well to find out, all you have to do is look at sculptures of ancient Greek and Roman wrestlers.
They wrestled the same way, only naked.
They are all naked. Wrestling… butt… naked. Yet, in other sculptures and paintings from that period or depicting that period, people are clothed. People might even be wearing fancy clothes. So, why are they naked when they wrestle or throw javelins or toss rocks?
If two athletes posed like this today could you imagine? It would turn ESPN into Fox News and shut down every sports website. Regardless of their lack of clothing, Florence’s many sculptures are beautiful and rightfully so.