Tuesday, May 12, 2009

DYK - The Place Where People Are Naked

I personally never knew that the word "gymnasium" was supposed to be the Greek name for college, but I'm glad I was never taught that because it's not true. Literally translated, "gymnasium" actually means "place where people are naked. Just like they are now, gymnasiums were places where athletes practiced sports, but as you probably know were done naked at the time.

Also, the Colosseum in Rome was not given its name because of it's colossal size. In fact, the Colosseum wasn't even the 50,000-seat stadium's original name. built in 80 AD by the Roman Emperor Flavius Vespasianus, the building was originally called the Flavian Amphitheater. It wasn't called the Colosseum until the Middle Ages.

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