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    Episode 58: Gymnasium

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    Nowadays, a “gym” is a place for fitness and exercise. It’s a shortening of the word “gymnasium,” which ultimately derives from the Greek word gymnasion. In the Ancient Greek world, the gymnasion was not only a place for exercise, but also a hub for philsophisical study and learning. Today’s episode explores the evolution of the “gymnasium” as a cultural institution and also looks at some of the word’s cognates in other languages.