Women working out–sometimes I think we believe the concept was invented in modern times. It’s true that my mother wouldn’t have even considered it. Nor my grandmother.
So I had to smile when I saw these ancient mosaics at the Villa del Casale at Piazza Amerina in Sicily:
Dumbbells haven’t changed a bit since the fourth century AD, have they? And women worked out even back then. I mean, who knew? That’s right, Fourth century AD.
By the way, these mosaics and others even more impressive –some 3,500 square meters of them–were found surprisingly intact at the Villa, which is one of the best preserved villas anywhere in the Roman Empire. And we should know–we spent about three hours exploring them. It’s believed the mosaics were the work of North African craftsmen.
The villa’s owner? Wait for it…. a politician.