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This form of unarmed combat practised in the games in ancient Greece was exceptionally violent. All blows were allowed and were sometimes fatal. Biting, however, and gouging out one's opponent's eyes were not allowed, but that seems small comfort.This contest fascinated the crowds that filled the stadium at Olympia. It was also the sport that produced the greatest financial rewards for winners. The Greek Polymidas, who was considered to be one of the greatest Olympic champions of antiquity excelled at this contest.
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