Archeologists discover ancient gymnasium near Egypt's Cairo This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows an ancient gymnasium dating back about 2,300 years, from the Hellenistic period. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)
Archeologists discover ancient gymnasium near Egypt's Cairo
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Egypt's antiquities ministry says archaeologists have discovered remnants of an ancient gymnasium. It dates back about 2,300 years. That makes it from the Hellenistic period.

The discovery was made by a German-Egyptian mission at the site of Watfa. That is in Fayoum province. It is about 50 miles southwest of the capital. The capital is Cairo.

Watfa is the site of the ancient village of Philoteris. It was founded by King Ptolemy II in the 3rd century BC.

Ayman Ashmawi of the ministry says the gymnasium consists of a large meeting hall. It was once adorned with statues. It had a dining hall and a courtyard. It also had a racetrack that was nearly 200 meters long.

Cornelia Roemer is the head of the mission. She says the discovery clearly shows the impact of Greek life in Egypt/ This is not only in Alexandria, but also in the countryside.

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  • ZachD-3
    11/15/2017 - 02:22 p.m.

    I think ancient people would have a gym because maybe they want to get supplies to put in that room like weights or maybe to do some activities like a running to get faster type of track. They would also need a gym to play their games to practice and to get better at that game.

  • Ashtonl-eic
    11/16/2017 - 11:01 a.m.

    that is so cool i want to read more.

  • Elliep-eic
    11/16/2017 - 03:03 p.m.

    Wow!! This is amazing I can't believe that there was a gymnasium that long. I am shocked.

  • JoseV123126
    11/16/2017 - 04:39 p.m.

    gym because maybe they want to get supplies

  • JenniferZ7
    11/16/2017 - 04:39 p.m.

    I think ancient people would have a gym because maybe they want to get supplies to put in that room like a running to get faster

  • KairiannaJ
    11/17/2017 - 04:39 p.m.

    because it tell you how to make cairo and if you git stuck you have to as for someone to help you.

  • EthanK3586
    11/17/2017 - 04:40 p.m.

    there are a lot of things that are old and people who use all of the stuff and lern about it and tall people about it

  • OliviaF364639
    11/17/2017 - 04:46 p.m.

    the big gym is the date back about 2,3000.

  • MiaP715
    11/17/2017 - 04:55 p.m.

    I think that this story is really intersting because the story said its date out 2,300 years what i mean about that is egypt's antiquities ministry says archeaologists have discoveered remnants of an ancient gymnasium. thats why I think that this story is really inchertying and I really like that part.

  • NavedaO-cha3
    11/27/2017 - 10:23 a.m.

    Ancient people would have a gym because they needed to be in shape. Ancient people would have to be in shape for things like war's so that they could be really strong to fight. Other things would be like the ancient people needed to train for the Olympic games. The gym might have helped the Ancient people train for there competition.

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