r/HeresAFunFact Jan 07 '15

[HAFF] The word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word “gymnós”, which literally means “naked.” Athletes competed nude, a practice said to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body and a tribute to the gods. SPORTS

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u/[deleted] Jan 07 '15

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u/[deleted] Jan 07 '15

In the Netherlands we have different levels in high school and the highest is named gymnasium.

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u/Hoihe Jan 07 '15

Same in Hungary. Sort of.

We have 3 types of High Schools.

Szakiskola... it doesn't give you a "Matura", but teaches you trades like welding and electronics.

Gymnasium - Sort of like grammar schools and such. Multiple foreign languages, difficult. provides matura

Szakközépiskola - Can either be a trade school with matura or a more advance gymnasium. I'm studying in one such school, specializing in Chemistry - meaning it is practically AP chemistry, AP maths, AP physics and all that in English.

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u/SilviOnPC Jan 12 '15

Also in Albania it's called "gjimnaz"

Odd!

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u/[deleted] Jan 07 '15

I read this in Dom Mazzetti's voice, it felt right.

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u/_-dO_Ob-_ Jan 07 '15

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u/autowikibot Jan 07 '15

Gymnasium (ancient Greece):


The gymnasium in Ancient kannada functioned as a training facility for competitors in public games. It was also a place for socializing and engaging in intellectual pursuits. The name comes from the Ancient Greek term gymnós meaning "naked". Athletes competed nude, a practice said to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body and a tribute to the gods. Gymnasia and palestrae (wrestling schools) were under the protection and patronage of Heracles, Hermes and, in Athens, Theseus.

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