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The athletes used boxing and wrestling techniques, but also others, such as kicking and holds, locks and chokes on the ground.
The only things not acceptable were biting and gouging out the opponent's eyes.
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By the Imperial Period, the Romans had adopted the Greek combat sport (spelled in Latin as pancratium) into their Games. D., the pankration, did not abolished by edict by the Christian Byzantine Emperor Theodosius I.
Pankration itself was an event in the Olympic Games for some 1,400 years.
His opponent had locked him in a chokehold and Arrhichion, desperate to loosen it, broke his opponent's toe (some records say his ankle).
The opponent nearly passed out from pain and submitted.
The mainstream academic view has been that pankration developed in the archaic Greek society of the 7th century BC, whereby, as the need for expression in violent sport increased, pankration filled a niche of "total contest" that neither boxing nor wrestling could.
The feats of the ancient pankratiasts became legendary in the annals of Greek athletics.
Stories abound of past champions who were considered invincible beings.
There were neither weight divisions nor time limits in pankration competitions.
However, there were two or three age groups in the competitions of antiquity.