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a private gymnastics school in ancient Greece attended by boys from the ages of 12 to 16. On the island of Samos, there was also a palaestra for adult men. The program at a. palaestra included the five events that made up the pentathlon—running, wrestling, jumping, and javelin- and discus-throwing—along with gymnastic exercises and swimming.

Palaestrae had open courts, tracks, gymnastic halls, and swimming pools. They were sometimes located at schools known as gymnasia.


A Greek or Roman building for athletic training, smaller than a gymnasium, consisting of a large square court with colonnades, rooms for massage, baths, etc.