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ANCIENT GREECE EXERCISE, PHYSICAL TRAINING AND HARMONIOUS PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IMPROVEMENT PATTERN

Mihai Cucu ()

Fiat Iustitia, 2016, vol. 10, issue 2, 67-75

Abstract: Ancient Greece, in addition to its economic and administrative development, has shown that exercises are very important for a nation's health. Exercises performed both in the military training and as a mass sport led to a harmonious development of the human body. For 12 centuries, Olympics held regularly and in a particularly well organized system, proceeded by two millennia current competitive activity performance. Statues of that time, within important worldwide museums are today's witness to the beauty of the human body. We should attach particular importance to the mass analysis of these activities, and to the fact that they had precise destinations and guidelines for men, women or children. Literature of the time shows us the extent of these activities and arts celebrated them. Physical training had a national character, today becoming universal, gaining a proper terminology. The Greek conception about the human body evolved in three directions: hygienic, military and harmonious. The Greek example is followed worldwide today, being adapted to contemporary conditions and to nation’s peculiarities.

Keywords: Ancient Greece Exercise; physical training and harmonious physical development; improvement pattern (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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