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Age groups
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The athletics programme of the Greek agones ( Sport festivals) was mostly designed for the age groups παῖδες (paîdes; boys, approximately 14-17 years), ἀγένειοι (agéneioi; youths, actually ‘beardless ones’, approximately 17-20 years) and ἄνδρες (ándres; men). At the Olympic Games, where, it is said, in 632 BC the track event was supposedly the first competition for youths (here called παῖδες, age limit probably 18 years), and the Pythian Games, the two most prestigious games of all, there were only two age groups…

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Decker, Wolfgang (Cologne), “Age groups”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 30 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e116700>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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