Gymnastics is a branch of Gehennese education, the complement of scholastics. It is the branch taught in the gymnasium, the place where one strips for exercise.

Gymnastics includes simple exercises, such as running, swimming, and jumping, and also pursuits requiring more coaching, such as wrestling, kick-boxing, and archery. The use and handling of weapons and shields is also taught, often in the form of war-dances. Ephebes/ are taught drill and battlefield manœuvres.

That much of gymnastics is intended to equip men for the Life of the Warrior (see Four Lives), and to develop strength, suppleness, and prowess in athletics: all widely valued qualities. The last element in gymnastics is dance, which also develops these admirable qualities, and can have some military orientation, but is emphasised because of its place in Gehennese religious observations. It equips a person for his or her part in religious ceremonies, and also perhaps for an eventual priest-hood.

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