been due not only to his nakedness but also to Thersites’ nasty physical appearance which the poet described in detail.

Iliad and even though his existence is brief, it’s important because he personifies unheroic, even antiheroic features, and these are represented in his look. Homer and the later Greek poets and writers made a clear differentiation
between the ugly and the beautiful, the young and the old.
Grasp for physical art and attractiveness as is evidenced in many passages
in his epic poems. Hector wanted to fight with Achilles and die young and attractive
instead of expiring old and ugly.9 Tyrtaios believed that:
It is shocking when an old man lies on the front line before a youth: an old warrior
whose head is white and beard grey, exhaling his strong soul into the dust
clutching his bloody genitals in his hands: his flesh nude.
is beautiful when he still possesses the radiant bloom of lovely youth.10

that the Minoan sportsmen exercised in the nude. The close arty ties of Crete with
the Cyclades, in general, and Thera, in particular, appear to acquire the acceptance of
many writers. The recent excavations of S. Marinatos throws new light upon the
relationship of Crete with Thera in ancient times. Numerous items of artwork
found on the isle of Thera show the connections with Crete were very close. An
impressive fresco from Thera, found in 1970, and outdated 1500 B.C.,
represents two children boxing. Marinatos is of the opinion that this fresco is “the
oldest existing example of art representing the actual human body of a child’s body.”12
Each child wears one boxing glove on his right hand, and a blue cap upon which
curls of short and long hair are seemingly attached. Both youngsters, between eight
and ten years old , wear loincloths. So Minoan Crete and the Cyclades offer
no alternative to the issue of the source of nudity in Greek athletics.
Mycenaean and Geometric Greek artwork definitely reveal that games in honour of
Mycenaean, Geometric, and early Archaic warriors (Fig.4) are occasionally represented as exposed
This exposure is especially noticeable
during funeral games and other religious ceremonies for the deceased. On three tall
chariot-races. All three stelai are decorated with chariot scenes. There is one
charioteer (Fig.5) for each chariot and all three chariot drivers are nude and
These chariot-races were held as part of the
funeral ceremonies for , and as such, were considered suitable themes
for ornamentation of stelai erected over graves. The so called Silver Siege Rhyton

Early Archaic Corinthian aryballos. K. Friis Johansen, Les Vases Sicyoniens (ParisCopenhagen, Edouard Champion, Pio Paul Brenner, 1923) PI. 34(2).
12. See S. Marinates, Excavations at Them. Vols. I-IV (Athens 1967.1971),passim; E. Vermeule, Greece in

314; S. Marinates. “Life and Art in Ancient Thera.” Proceedings of the British Academy 57 (1971): 358.363,
367; idem, “Les Egens et les Iles Gymnsiennes,” Bulletin de correspondance hellnique 95 (1971):6; idem
“Divine Kids,” Archaiologika Analekta ex Athenon 12 (1971): 407.408.

found at Mycenae shows on the periphery of the water three naked slingers stretched
full stature, act as a shielder for four or five naked archers as they pull their bows.
In the exact same scene a naked warrior comes hurrying past them. Additionally, the Siege
Rhyton shows six collapsed nude guys, who could be interpreted as the dead.13
depicts a nude standing man figure who holds two variously interpreted
objects in his hands; in front of the bare man there is a robed male body who
wears a sword; in this composition small vases have been placed in the field; in
front of the robed man there’s a two horse chariot within which there are two
robed figures. It’s been presumed this scene depicts a funeral ceremony
Dipylon vase. The latest interpretation of this scene by M. I. Davies is
that the naked figure “may well be an ordinary sportsman with what in classical
times were two of his common aspects: a pickaxe and either a pointed
Indicating position or strigil.” Davies considers that this interpretation “would throw
some light upon the traditional transmission of fit customs and equipment from the Mycenaean into the classical span.”14
A fragment of free nudist and naturist movies from Enkomi represents two naked bodies