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A highly respected physical prowess among ancient Greeks was “light-footedness” and for this reason, sprint races were very popular among the masses, even more so those that took place during the Olympic Games. All the runners would prepare themselves for these athletic events, training hard every day of the week and following a special diet based on foods of exceptionally high nutritional value like sesame paste and stimulating herbs like cinnamon.

Charmos the runner

According to the poet Nicarchos, who was renowned for his epigrams, the runner Charmos took part in a half-marathon together with five other athletes, and finished seventh. How did he finish seventh when there were only six runners participating in the race? One of Charmos’s friends, wanting to encourage him and boost his performance, jumped into the race and started running beside him shouting, “Courage, Charmos!” and thus Charmos finished seventh. “If he had five friends, he would have finished twelfth.”

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CINNAMON
Herodotus, also known as “The Father of History”, recounts an interesting story about cinnamon twigs, which were carried all the way to Greece from Arabian lands by big migratory birds and kept in their nests, high in rugged mountains, where men could not reach. Men employed a smart trick to get their hands on the cinnamon twigs by bringing big pieces of meat as close to the nests as possible and waiting patiently at a distance. The birds would carry all the meat to their nests which would then collapse from the excess weight. The men then collected the cinnamon twigs from the fallen nests and exchanged them for other goods in distant foreign lands.
SESAME

According to Herodotus, Periander, the tyrant of Corinth, had taken three hundred boys, children of the chief nobles among the Corcyraeans, and sent them to the King of Lydia to become eunuchs. The men who transported them anchored at Samos on their way to Sardis, whereupon the Samians, having found out what was to become of the boys, prompted them to take sanctuary in the temple of Diana. The Corinthians, as they were forbidden to remove the children from the holy place, cut them off from all supplies of food, and invented a festival to trap them. Each evening, as night closed in, choirs of youths and virgins surrounded the temple, holding in their hands cakes made of sesame and honey, in order that the Corcyraean boys might come out to snatch the cakes. This went on for so long, that eventually the Corinthians, who were in charge of the boys, gave up and took their departure, upon which the Samians escorted the children back to Corcyra.