An Ancient Greek

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Still feeling slightly yeeeuch from a recent cold, and perhaps not the fit one-time ‘youth’ that I was! But got stuck back into some training this morning with Dave and the boys, and I do feel better for it.

Perhaps because of an article I’ve been reading during my ‘down’ time, I got to thinking that I must have been a Greek in a previous life. Quote; “It was this naked, unadorned, beautiful male body… that was their obsession…” Well, yes, I suppose I am a bit fixated by the male body, for at least two reasons: (i) I’m gay and (ii) I make my living from fitness (acrobatic performance and gymnastics coaching). Hence my pleasure in posting appropriate images here for the like-minded.

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Apparently, 9000 Athenians saw off more than 25000 Persians (some say hugely more), essentially because of their fitness and muscle power, result from their daily trip to the gymnasium (which meant exactly how it translates… “place of the naked art”). As much to ogle their colleagues’ bodies as to develop their own, some say, with womenfolk kept completely out of the scene as the men watched young boys wrestling, throwing the discus, and so on – entirely nude, and in a totally male environment. To some 21st-century gay men in oppressed states, that must sound like Paradise. To us, it seems like justification for our tendency to exercise naked in our own places, to use our weights to the best effect, and to compare our own development with that of our friends.

Those Greeks, of course, fought in sweaty hand-to-hand combat, but could then repair to their gymnasia where friends and younger men would bathe, massage and oil their bodies for their greater comfort…

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Yep, I like all of that! I’m sure I was an Ancient Greek in a past life. Lucien wrote: “Men in prime condition should be neither shrunken and withered nor running to corpulence, but well and truly proportioned: the waste superfluidity of their tissues they have sweated out.”

Here’s a modern-day American sweaty boy to help pass the time…

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Only one little drawback from ancient Greek times, rather obvious if you look at statuary from the period (and Dave gleefully pointed this out!) – their genitalia are (shall we say?) “under-presented” – to “suppress the sexuality of the statue”, apparently. Let’s just say that I think I can ‘present’ rather better than the average Greek statue…

I’ll finish this philosophising with some words from Socrates: “You should care for your body no less than  an Olympic athlete… there is no activity in which you will do worse by having a better body.” And ‘there’s the rub’, if you’ll excuse me quoting Shakespeare rather than another Greek and making an awful pun at the same time…

The first part...The second part...Cover 3 ThumbThat is probably a rather better pun that any I managed to include in my three published books on being gay, finding love, training, performing acrobatics and having misadventures. Oh, and one other result of my ‘down time’ is that I have finished another chapter of my fourth book, moving my gay native American boy hero nearer to his eventual doom. It progresses, but slowly!

And now, in the manner of those Ancient Greeks, we proceed to ogle a few more young bodies for our dubious pleasures…  starting with some contours…

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Putting in the work that makes it all happen…

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…and then taking a break, with a friend…

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…before freshening up with the rest…

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…then showing off the results with your mates…

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Finally, much later and back home, more mutual admiration, not with the wife but with the boyfriend…

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Yep – definitely worth the effort put in earlier! As is so often said, “The Greeks had a word for it”, and the word was GYMNASIUM. Time to sharpen up those muscles…

 

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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  1. Pingback: And Now… The Young ‘Greeks’! | Tony Cavanagh

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