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 dating 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, Cairo.

Watfa is the site of the ancient village of Philoteris, 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, a dining hall, a courtyard and a nearly 200-meter-long racetrack.

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

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  • PedroM-del1
    11/14/2017 - 05:11 p.m.

    Ancient people would have a gym so they could exercise their bones.

  • JohnB-del1
    11/14/2017 - 05:23 p.m.

    The passage talks about ancient gymnasium dating back about 2,300 years. The gymnasium consists of a large meeting hall. It was once adorned with statues, a dining hall, a courtyard and a nearly 200-meter-long racetrack.

  • JaidenV-del
    11/14/2017 - 05:42 p.m.

    commented but it is not showing up on the board

  • JaidenV-del
    11/14/2017 - 05:44 p.m.

    This gymnasium found near 50 miles southwest of the capital cairo. The gymnasium includes adorned statues a dining hall and court yard, With a size of a 200 meter long racetrack

  • GemmaV-del
    11/14/2017 - 05:50 p.m.

    Maybe ancient people had a gym because it was once adorned with statues,a dining hall, a courtyard and a nearly 200-meterlong racetrack. I found this article to be a bit boring but I love all the articles you keep giving as Mr.delwey

  • JustinM-del
    11/14/2017 - 05:52 p.m.

    this article is about Archeologists discovering ancient gymnasium near Egypt's Cairo and it is dating back about 2,300 years. That makes it from the Hellenistic period. They said it is the gymnasium consists of a large meeting hall. It was once adorned with statues, a dining hall, a courtyard and a nearly 200-meter-long racetrack.

  • EvanC-del
    11/14/2017 - 05:59 p.m.

    This topic is pretty funny. I wonder what these ancient people did. What did they do for sports? What did they talk about at their meetings?

  • SamanthaM-del1
    11/14/2017 - 06:12 p.m.

    Ayman Ashmawi of the minestry says the gymnasuim consists of a large meeting hall. It was once adorned with statues, a dining hall, a courtyard, and a nearly 200 meter long race track.

  • EsmeraldaV-del
    11/14/2017 - 06:13 p.m.

    I think its interesting that ancient people had a gymnasium. Apparently, it included statues, a dining hall, and courtyard, as well as a nearly 200-meter-long racetrack. Tahts very surprising because the gymnasium is about 2,300 years old

  • JulianR-del
    11/14/2017 - 06:30 p.m.

    So they could get stronger and take on other empires.

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