Theodosius ruled ok!

The Olympics was never a very good idea.

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27 Responses to Theodosius ruled ok!

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. dearieme says:

    If they went back to the old rules where people competed naked then they could show them on the “adult” channels.

    Or they could add interest by decreeing that every competitor who failed to win a medal would be fed to crocodiles.

  3. Karl Narveson says:

    Some people learned to swim during the centuries of the pagan Olympic Games, but there seems to be no record of anyone organizing races between swimmers, whether in natural waterways or in public baths. The Romans built monumental baths, but one wonders if the pools were deep enough to swim in, or long enough for swimming laps. Does anyone know?

  4. Coagulopath says:

    The events themselves are the least memorable thing about the Olympics.

    I don’t know anything about who’s medaling. All I know is the outside drama: stuff like green swimming pools and corruption scandals and Tonya Harding.

  5. Zaphod says:

    Sod that. Just give me Justinian’s proportionate response to the Nika (pronounce it right, Boys) Riots!

  6. Maciano says:

    Why? I think it’s awesome that so many people can show off their edge in sports.

    It’s pricey, but as long as you never join the bidding process, you never face those costs.

    • John Massey says:

      Most sports have world championships in some form or other. The Olympics is just another layer – a very costly one. And during a pandemic, a very dumb one.

      So some 13 year old Japanese girl won an Olympic gold medal for skate boarding. Whoopee.

      • Coagulopath says:

        Earlier I heard that the women’s artistic event was happening. I prepared myself for the splendor of competitive slashfic writing, but it turns out it’s gymnastics.

  7. dearieme says:

    WKPD she say:

    Theodosius also probably did not discontinue the ancient Olympic Games, whose last recorded celebration was in 393. Archeological evidence indicates that some games were still held after this date. Sofie Remijsen indicates there are several reasons to conclude the Olympic games continued after Theodosius I, and came to an end under Theodosius II, by accident, instead. There are two extant scholia on Lucian that connect the end of the games with a fire that burned down the temple of the Olympian Zeus during Theodosius II’s reign.

  8. Henry Scrope says:

    Perhaps instead of picking a prominent athlete to light the flame, they could be sacrificed?

  9. Smithie says:

    What would improve it? Adding bionics to the mutants?

  10. Smithie says:

    Original Olympics required a Greek pedigree. Today, some of the athletes probably don’t even know who their father is.

  11. Smithie says:

    Original Olympics required a Greek pedigree. Today, some of the athletes probably don’t even know who their father is.

  12. Abelard Lindsey says:

    I’ve not watched the Olympics since 2008. I heard the last winter Olympics were not so good either. Perhaps athletic performance in young people is declining for (put reason in here).

  13. pithom says:

    What’s wrong with the Olympics?

  14. Spencer says:

    Dobzhansky? I could see him doing the hammer throw.

  15. MBlanc46 says:

    The Cheating and Corruption Games.

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