Ruins of Gymnasium at Delphi
source: Wikimedia Commons
A photograph shows the ruins of an ancient Greek gymnasium on a hillside. Lush grass is contrasted with stone walls and evidence of other structures and supports long gone.
Photo: November 2008
This is the site of the gymnasium ruins at Delphi, originally built around 330 BC. In ancient Greece, the gymnasium was a bastion of physical and mental education for men and was held as a sort of symbol of masculinity. Facilities typically included a stadium, baths, a pool, a palaestra, and areas for playing and training for specific sports.
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