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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.
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Berghaus, Der Verwandtschaftsverhaltnisse der altenglischen Interlinearversionen des Psalters und der Cantica, Palaestra 272 (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1979), 18-21, 44-64, 73-76.
The high spirits, too, tend to dilute the heft of a narrative whose thematic arc (the central issue here, as in "Forum," pertains to freedom) builds to the reunion of Daemones with his long-abandoned daughter, Palaestra, who was kidnapped at 3 and has spent her adult life as a prostitute.
It could thus be Plautus's Palaestra talking to Zukofsky's Polly when the latter says to another character in the next scene, "You speak from my lips.
42) Hence the nexus between the palaestra and pederastic courtship may be founded on a complex array of connected social interactions and needs.
Palaestra features articles on athletic events, physical rehabilitation, and recreation.
In the De Lipsii Latinitate Palaestra I of 1595, indeed, the crusade becomes a King Charles's head, prompting Scaliger's sardonic reference to the work as De Latinitate Lipsiana adversus Turcam.
No Roman town was complete without its baths, of course, and a full work-out in these and on the palaestra or exercise ground next door could take up most of the day.
of the Samnite Palaestra as a temple of Heracles (73-5), of the Oplontis villa as a sanatorium/hotel (180-3), of the Villa Imperiale as a series of dining rooms (218-20: surely this must be right), and of the reputed Sacellum larum publicorum as a public library (273-5: this I can in no way accept).
In the court of the Pompeii palaestra, a marble replica of the Doryphoros by Polykleitos stood on a base over one meter high, sufficient enough to prove the sculpture's new stature of oeuvre d'art(20); at Herculaneum, in the small square peristyle of the so-called Villa of the Pisones, a bronze herm of the work stood beside a bust of one of the Amazons, also by one of the great masters of the fifth century; and a marble herm of the same Doryphoros also came from Herculaneum.
The parallel to the mingling of the sexes practicing gymnastics in the palaestra in Callipolis is striking, but the similarity derives from opposite impulses.