The discus in ancient Greece was different than modern-day discus. Greek discus throwers did not throw from a circle. They threw the discus from a much larger box called the balbis. The Greek discus thrower could move however he wanted inside the balbis, he just couldn't step outside the lines. Moden discus throwers spin in a tight circle, but ancient Greek discus throwers appear to have used a motion more like swinging a baseball bat or throwing a ball. Modern day scholars have found conflicting accounts of discus throwing techniques in literature, paintings and sculptures. Unlike modern discus, there was not an official size or weight for the discus. Individual contestants provided their own discus that varied in size from eight to eleven inches and in weight from five to twelve pounds. Competitors often inscribed their discus with religious inscriptions and dedicated them to a particular gods.