It has been often repeated that the ancient olympic athletes competed in the nude and that the Greek root of "gymnasium" is gymnos, meaning "naked". As is shown by the words Gmynasion from gumnos, nakedall clothing was thrown off in bodily exercises. He goes on to say: In gymnastic and bodily exercises Spartan girls also put off this single piece of clothing and nude Sparti Girl in completely naked. The mild climate often enough permitted him to dispense with the himation, and to go out in the simple chiton. This may be described as a large four-cornered piece of cloth nude Sparti Girl in was thrown over the left shoulder or the left arm. Although there seems to have been little change over the centuries with respect to male clothing, this was not the case for women. Further, although the nude figure both male and nude Sparti Girl in could be appreciated for its abstract beauty, there was a significant erotic association as well. Although full or partial nudity was permissible in ways it would not be today, there was also in Bamian women Naughty sense of "shame", and nudity taboos did exist. The clothing of the men consisted essentially of the chiton, the woolen or linen undergarment shirt and the himation thrown over it. With this as background, Licht goes on to consider the attitude of Greek society towards nakedness per se.