1896 Olympiad

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    This is a recreation of an official stamp printed for The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad. This piece shows two Olympians competing in a sport known as Pankration. Pankration was a martial art introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and founded as a blend of boxing and wrestling but with scarcely any rules. The only things not acceptable were biting and gouging of the opponent's eyes.