Ancient Greek Athletics / Edition 1

Ancient Greek Athletics / Edition 1

by Stephen G. Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300115296

ISBN-13: 9780300115291

Pub. Date: 07/17/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

A considerable number of academic and popular studies on ancient sports have been, and are due to be, published in this Athenian Olympic year (throwing the opening statement of this book into some doubt: 'Ancient Greek athletics as a field of study does not suffer from overpopulation') but this study stands out among the best. Miller draws on recent archaeological…  See more details below

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A considerable number of academic and popular studies on ancient sports have been, and are due to be, published in this Athenian Olympic year (throwing the opening statement of this book into some doubt: 'Ancient Greek athletics as a field of study does not suffer from overpopulation') but this study stands out among the best. Miller draws on recent archaeological and historical discoveries to discuss in comprehensive detail all aspects of games and athletic competitions in ancient Greece. Throughout Miller places athletics in its social context because, as he argues, sport was one of the ways in which Greeks could aspire to their cultural ideal, to be civilised men. Supported by numerous photographs, often in colour, and illustrations of sites and objects that depict competitions, the scholarly text describes in fascinating detail the origin of athletics, the Olympic Games and other festivals, the role of women in this male domain, the relationship between an athlete and a hero, Greek recreation, the gymnasium, sport as entertainment, professional athletes and the political side to competitions. Includes a glossary.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300115291
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/17/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
191,958
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.44(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
A note on transliterations and measurements
1Introduction1
2The world of Greek athletics11
3The origins of Greek athletics20
4The crown competitions : the events at Olympia, Delphi, Nemea, and Isthmia31
5The sites of the crown competitions87
6The olympic games, 300 B.C. : a reconstruction of a festival113
7The money games at Epidauros, Athens, Larissa, and Sparta129
8Women and athletics150
9Athletes and heroes160
10Sport and recreation166
11Training : the world of the gymnasion and the palaistra176
12Athletics as entertainment in the Hellenistic and Roman periods196
13Professionals and amateurs207
14Politics and the games216
15Athletics and society226
16Arete235
Glossary241
Bibliography253
General index277
Index of written sources287

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