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Wonder what’s going on here? It’s called bibasis and it was the practice of jumping so your heels touched your buttocks. Spartan girls were said to dance like this but, as this article demonstrates, it was probably undertaken by males in both Athens and Sparta either as an event in itself or as useful training for athletic events.
Image from a storage jar, 520-510 BC, by Euphronius, Boston Museum

Wonder what’s going on here? It’s called bibasis and it was the practice of jumping so your heels touched your buttocks. Spartan girls were said to dance like this but, as this article demonstrates, it was probably undertaken by males in both Athens and Sparta either as an event in itself or as useful training for athletic events.

Image from a storage jar, 520-510 BC, by Euphronius, Boston Museum

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