Antonio Graceffo’s paper, The historical Development of Western Wrestling an Overview” has been published by Wrestling Roots
Abstract: A brief time-line overview of the development of western wrestling; from the oldest known image of wrestlers, dating back to 3000 BC Sumaeria, to the ancient Olympics, Pankration, the gladiatorial games, Greco-Roman wrestling, catch wrestling, modern Olympic wrestling, professional wrestling, to modern-day MMA.
|3000 BC||The earliest images of western wrestling were found in Sumeria, dating back to around 3000 BC. (Terry)|
|2600 BC||A Bronze figurine of two wrestlers was found in Khafaji, Iraq which dates to around 2600 BC. (Dellinger)|
|2300 BC||Images of wrestlers were found in an Egyptian burial tomb, dating to around 2300 BC. (Carroll)|
|2000 BC||The Epic of Gilgamesh, written around 2000 BC, gives one of the first literary references to wrestling, when Gilgamesh wrestles against Enkidu. (Squared Circle, June, 2013)|
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