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Sicily Journal: Buff Girls

While Dartmouth’s women athletes debate whether the effects of weight training will make them less attractive to the opposite sex, Roman women seemed to glory in their strength — at least in Sicily. The extensive 4th century mosaics at the Villa Romana del Casale near Piazza Armerina in the central part of the island contain hunting scenes, images of wild animals, and depictions of courtly and domestic life, in addition to numerous views of young women bulking up while wearing bandeau swimsuits, at a time when Bikini Atoll was still intact in the South Pacific. The origins of the villa are unclear. Speculation runs from a wealthy landowner’s residence to a hunting lodge belonging to a member of the imperial court. No better examples of Roman mosaics are to be found anywhere. Great delts, don’t you think?

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