the Nemean lion it maybe arose from a phallus on a tomb which by chance became connected with Heracles

(See Greek Hero Cults p.’357) Farnell was likely right since the so-called “Finger of Attis” is interpreted by
“Hand”). The ancients considered that the middle finger of either hand had
a phallic connotation. Early Roman authors mention that the middle finger fully extended and held erect
represented the Dick and the shut fingers and thumb on each side signified the testicles. (For references see
Scott. For more about Heracles and the phallic symbolism see: My wife and I and 6 other couples that are good buddies have been going to the . C. P. Deanna, “Du


Source of Nudity in Greek Sport
Span that scholars imputed the so called “heroic nudity” which rather signals that nudity in Greek sports had something to do with heroes or warriors.
The late 8th century is also when the start of the series of statues of naked Greek
kouroi seemed. All kouroi usually do not represent Apollo, since many have been
discovered in cemeteries where they must have functioned as tombstones representing human beings. Also in archaic times kouroi were used for victors in
the games4
Why was nudity in athletics a unique Greek phenomenon, since the primitive
human response in using nudity for aggression, from which fit nudity was
developed, was common in other cultures as well?
question, one should consider another aspect of Greek life, fairly unique in
Greek lands, the hero cult,49 which was associated with games.’O Greek heroes
and gods proudly displayed their physical energy and demanded the same thing
from their devotees. The presence of Heracles at Olympia was of prime
importance for the survival of the custom of nudity in Greek sport because
he was, by tradition, a nude hero and a naked warrior-athlete par excellence
whose nudity was copied by the sportsmen.
If nudity was seen as valuable to the warrior-athlete, why was it kept only
in athletics since classical warriors needed protection and assertiveness at least as
Substantially as athletes?

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The Greeks while winning their way to classical culture
Kept the custom of nudity in athletics but they weren’t conscious of the
aggressive facet of it as were their remote ancestors. In other words, the custom
of nudity persisted into a higher culture but the practice of endeavouring to
Safe protection in this mode had been lost or abandoned. This was the primary
Motive the classical warrior had no comprehension of this feeling of
protection. This is also the case with several current tribes among whom the
Custom of nudity for aggression prevailed but is rapidly disappearing as they
gradually come under the influence of modern civilization.
felt so strongly about their nudity that they believed that to be ashamed to be seen
Nude in the gymnasium was the characteristic, the evidence and the signal of a
barbarian. The reason the Greeks fell in love with their nudity isn’t the
Objective of this paper. That job has been nicely done by other writers. 51
48. G. M. A. Richter, Kouroi:Archaic Greek Yourhs (London, 1960), p. 1. Additionally see Bonfante, (Efruscan, pp.

century, as the interval of the change from the warrior-athlete nudity to athletic nudity, should be viewed with
some reservations because the scanty material signs may be misleading. Moreover, one cannot exclude the
role of artistic tradition in the material evidence cited here.
49. Herodotos (2.50) mentioned that heroes have no place in the faith of Egypt.
Geometric Art,” in The Archaeology of Cyprus: Recent Developments, ed. Noel Robertson (Park Ridge, N.J.:
Noyes Press, 1975). 185. For an exhaustive investigation of the hero cult in both ancient and historic Greece see
Erwin Rohde. Soul: The Cult of Souls and Belief in Immortality Among the Greeks (London. 1950), pp. 115-155;
Farnell, Greek Hero Cults.
50. See Rohde, Psyche, pp. 116-l 17; Mircea Eliade. A History of Religious Thoughts from the Stone Age to the
EIeusinian Mysteries (Chicago, 1978), pp. 285, 313. For references found throughout ancient Greek literature,
concerning the matches held in I’ve been a nudist for three years now. of the Greek heroes find: Lynn E. Roller, “Funeral Games in Greek Art,” AJA
85 (1981): 107.119.
51. Fardiner (AAW, p. 58) wrote: “It is not just that exposure to the atmosphere and the sunlight-tub are. as doctors now

The summer after my 8th grade I went to the Crimea. My mother and me were sunbathing on a beach.

We would see the exact same spot each day, and I was fairly keen on going somewhere else, but for the lack of a better choice I was swimming alongside the seashore. I’d swim a significant distance, and once I reached so far that I saw a stone sticking out of water – I almost instantaneously made up my thoughts about swimming behind it and seeing what was there.
When got there my eyes fell upon a significant sight – several men and girls were sunbathing there totally nude! I had learned about nudism before and thus I wasn’t quite shocked But as long as I had my bathing suit on I did not dare to come out of water and watch them, and so I was looking at them from where I were. I ‘d my diving spectacles on me, so I pretended to be diving to view the seascape while in fact I was fairly a lot more interested in seeing people who were swimming without their bathing suits and trunks. In point of fact, I’d seen naked guys before, but now submerged nudity was something more exciting. When I got back to the resort the opinions of the day wouldn’t leave me.
The next day mother stayed in the resort and I went to the shore accompanied by my pal. I told her about the yesterday’s nude beach, and we raced there for a fresh share of feelings. On our way there we reached the conformity not to take off our bathing suits, but merely to see other people loving outdoors naked.

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Eventually we reached the nude beach and made ourselves comfy. Our preceding observation was that for the folks around it was a matter of fact thing to walk around bare, both for men and for girls.
My friend took off the very top of her bathing suit, and I, also, was famished for new sensations Am I a chicken or not, after all? And it was then that I GOT COMPLETELY NAKED IN FRONT OF EVERYONE. I cannot put into words the belief it carried me. It felt as if I were some kind of a star set upon the scene with all the eyes looking at me. but that wasn’t almost all! I was able to relax in water and did not feel embarrassed anymore – after all, one could not see much of my body while I was in water
But she only laughed at me!
Having nothing to do, I pretended I was a supermodel prepared to produce her appearance on stage. And with my nose up in the air I made it to the coast completely naked in front of all spectators that were there to see me. Curiously, the crowd didn’t break in applause. I looked at the beachers around me, but none of them appeared to pay no attention to me and just minding their particular business. I even felt a wee bit disappointed by that fact Those were my first impressions of getting suntanned evenly. Now I sunbathe only bare, and I’m not put off by the existence of people in swimsuits. If they are there it merely goes to show that they respect me and like it all and are just afraid to do it themselves so far.
As for the process of getting suntanned without swimsuit – I cannot even characterize the feeling of having your body caressed by the gentle breeze, and what is best – you have got no wet cloth clinging to you after you have bathed. The total feeling is simply TERRIFIC. Actually, for them on could brush aside fears and humiliation and other prejudices.