Pankration, as practiced in the ancient world, combined the techniques of boxing and wrestling in a no holds barred fighting sport. According to Greek mythology, the sport was created by Hercules and Theseus. It was introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BCE, and a similar form of the sport, called mixed martial arts, is still practiced today. Pankration was not simply a sport; it formed the basis of combat training for Greek soldiers. In what ways did it resemble oriental martial arts?
Back in the day
Ultima Online (UO), a popular massive multi-player online role playing game (MMPORG), is credited with popularizing the genre. There were games prior to UO that allowed hundreds of people to play at the same time, but this MMPORG can be played simultaneously by thousands of players worldwide through various game servers called "shards." Over 1,000,000 paid accounts have been created since the game launched in 1997. In July 2003, at the peak of its popularity, UO had how many subscribers?
Born on a day like today
Rumi was a great Persian poet and Sufi mystic. His Masnavi-ye Manavi is a 6-volume poem regarded by many Sufis as second in importance only to the Qur'an; it is often called "Qur'an-e Parsi" (The Qur'an in Persian). Rumi's influence spread to Persian-speakers in Afghanistan and central Asia, and beyond, to Turkey and India. His followers founded the Mevlevi order, whose members use dancing and music as part of their spiritual method and are popularly known by what name?