8 things the Ancient Greeks would find weird about today's Olympics

August 15th, 2016

by Emily Litvack 

First things first. Why all the clothes?

The Olympic Games of Ancient Greece were resurrected for the modern world during the summer of 1896 in Athens, Greece. Spectators clad in Victorian era frock coats, top hats, and cravats watched from the stands of the Panathinaiko Stadium as German wrestler Carl Schuhmann, in austere pants and a long-sleeved white shirt, shook hands with his Greek opponent Georgios Tsitas, wearing shorts and a tee-shirt, before their match.

John Bauschatz, associate professor of history and classics at the University of Arizona, says the Ancient Greeks would find this puzzling. To read more from the UA Office for Research and Discovery, click here.