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    something unique. No longer does it mean susceptibility; it means, on the contrary, the preparedness to stand up

    and fight even though one knew one was vulnerable. It

    has to do with military valor which requires risking

    one’s life, being fully exposed. The women were kept

    covered because it meant they were shielded, not exposed to risk. The relationship of this manly nudity to

    the nudity of the gods is also vital: the gods could be

    Naked because they relied on themselves.

    Writers of the Classical period eventually seemed

    back at the custom and offered rationalizing explanations for an association whose significance had changed

    from spiritual and rite to civic.82 The Greeks did

    tifying hints of the sportsman. Almost Nude Girls Are Everywhere – Why Not In Naturism? features the sloth of the

    Individuals of Sybaris,who saw the athletesof Krotondiggingup

    the palaestra and wonderedwhy they did not hire workers

    to performsuch menial jobs (Poliakoff[supran. 54] 12-13,

    with fig. 13).

    80 Aeschin. In Tim. 138; cited in M. Golden,

    "Slaveryand

    Homosexuality,"Phoenix 38 (1984) 319, who thinks slaves

    were truly banned from entering the palaestra. For a

    similar law in Crete, see Arist. Pol.

    Naked Run And My Struggles With Body Image are mentionedtogether additionally as something normallyforeignto women:supra, text and n. 85.

    Similar transformation,

    from spiritual to civil, took place, e.g., in the theatre, or in

    the polis, with the use of the lot.

    not entirely understandthe origin or the development

    of their nudity. Yet they had to clarify it, as a peculiarity that exemplified clearly and verified in action the difference between themselves

    acutely aware. We’ve seen that they attributedthe

    Source of fit nudity to the 15th Olympiad, in the

    The earliest

    monumentalkouroi appearedin the seventh century.

    But the custom spread slowly, and later, into

    everydaylife. Such a gradualdevelopmentcan clarify

    the statement of Thucydides (1.6)-repeated after by

    Plato (Resp. 5.452a-e)-that athletic nudity had become universal in Greece "shortlybefore his time."

    These writers were referringto the normalizationof

    nudity in real life, to its civil worth,not to its

    earliest appearancein religious ritual and artwork.

    Thucydides viewed the custom of exercising in the

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    phantly been supported at Athens shortly before his

    time, after the Persian Wars. The launch of athletic nudity into the everyday life of the gymnasium

    and palaestra was part of a "modern" way of life,

    freer, easier, more democratic, based on Thucydides.

    himself in preparation for military service. A Greek soldier must be in shape: he must be thin and muscular,

    not portly and affluent.

    except the

    Greeks-who announced their status and riches by

    wearing luxurious garments that gave an impression

    of elegance and authority."83

    While Thucydides explains Greek nudity in the

    Circumstance of democracy, Plato explains it as an effect of

    the legitimate, rational manner of thinking of which the

    Greeks were so proud.84 In a passage in which he clearly has the Spartan model in mind, Plato imagines

    the scenario that would arise if girls were to have

    If, then, we use the women for the same things as the

    Guys, they must also be educated the same things. Now

    fee and alive! It was simply wonderful to be bare and gymnasticwere givento the men. These two

    Artwork, and what’s to do with war, must be assignedto

    the women also, and they must be used in the same

    Manners. Perhaps,comparedto what is habitual,many of

    the things now being said would look ridiculousif they

    the girls working out nude with the guys in the palaestras, not only the young ones, but even the old

    ones, too, like the old men in the gymnasium who,

    when they are wrinkledand not pleasantto the eye, all

    would seem ridiculousin the presentstate of stuff. Well, since we’ve began to speak, we mustn’t be

    Fearful of all the jokes-of whatever sort-the wits

    might make if such a change took place in gymnastic,

    But since we have begun to talk,

    tiated society like that of ancient Greece attention must be

    paid to an extensive assortment of evidence, from myths and philosophic utopias to anecdotes on the physical appearance,

    movements,or dress associatedwith a particularstatus or

    Part…

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