The 1747 Year Old Fixed Pro Wrestling Match

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Researchers have deciphered a Greek document that shows an ancient wrestling match was fixed.

The document, which has a date on it that corresponds to the year A.D. 267, is a contract between two teenagers who had reached the final bout of a prestigious series of games in Egypt.

In the contract, the father of a wrestler named Nicantinous agrees to pay a bribe to the guarantors of another wrestler named Demetrius. Both wrestlers were set to compete in the final wrestling match of the 138th Great Antinoeia, an important series of regional games in Antinopolis, in Egypt.

The contract stipulates that Demetrius “when competing in the competition for the boy, to fall three times and yield”, and in return would receive “three thousand eight hundred drachmas of silver of old coinage…”

Via Discovery News.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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