CRAZY things the ancient Greeks did as part of their culture

Some books and novels these days often features vampires, wizards and the most commonly used of them all, Greek gods and goddesses. A huge example of this is the Percy Jackson series and it tells a story about a boy named Percy, the fictional son of the Greek god of the seas Poseidon and his adventures throughout the story.

It is because of these of these stories people see the Greeks as cool. But all fictional novels aside, did you know the ancient Greeks did some crazy things in the past?

In the YouTube channel Origins Explained, they featured a video about Most Crazy Things The Ancient Greeks Did. You wouldn’t believe all the things they did and it is far more gruesome than what you’ve read from your favorite books.

Milo Of Croton

Milo of Croton was known to be a wrestler from the city of Croton and has won multiple victories in his wresting career. He made all of this possible by lifting a fully grown bull and carry it on his shoulders every single day. Now, that’s a crazy training regime.

Birth Control By Sneezing

The ancient Greeks had several forms of birth control and one of this is by using certain herbs and plants which worked very nicely. However, there was one method that you may find a bit odd and it is by sneezing. A physician named Soranus claim that after intercourse, women should do a squat and sneeze to prevent being pregnant.

Brazen Bull

The brazen bull was a torture and execution device designed in ancient Greece and was created by Perillos of Athens. The condemned were locked inside the device, and a fire was set under it, heating the metal until the person inside was roasted to death.

Throwing An Apple

In Ancient Greek, it is considered that by throwing an apple to a woman is a symbolic way of declaring love towards her and if she catches it, you reciprocated the person’s feelings.

Philosopher In A Barrel

Diogenes was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. He was also known as controversial figure as he gave away all his possession and only save a stick, a cloak and a bread bag. To top it all up, he is also living in a barrel and people thought he lived like a dog which earned him the nickname cynic, which means canine.

6. Figging

Figging is seen as a bizzare and disturbing practice in Ancient Greek. It began as a Greek practice for horses called “gingering” where a piece of ginger is placed into the horse’s anus so that it will hold its up high. However, figging is used by the Greeks to punish its female slaves by inserting a skinned ginger into the woman’s anus or vagina.

Red Lipstick

In Ancient Greek, women who wore red lipstick is considered to be prostitutes as it was seen as extremely sexually suggestive. This then led to the first law concerning lipsticks.

Naked Exercise

Gymnasium in Ancient Greece functioned as a training facility for competitors in public games where athletes competed nude, a practice which was said to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body and to be a tribute to the gods.  It was also a place for socializing and engaging in intellectual pursuits. The name comes from the Ancient Greek term gymnos meaning “naked.

To find out more about these bizarre practices, see the video we have provided below.