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In this event boxing and wrestling were combined with kicking, strangling, and twisting. It was a dangerous sport, but strict rules were enforced by the judges. Biting and gouging were forbidden (except at Sparta), but nearly every manœuvre of hands, feet, and body was permissible. You might kick your opponent in the stomach, twist his foot out of its socket, or break his fingers. All neck holds were allowed, a favourite method being the ‘ladder‐grip’, in which you mounted your opponent's back, and wound your legs round his stomach, your arms round his neck.

See athletics.

See athletics.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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