Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources, Third Edition, With a New Foreword by Paul Christesen / Edition 3

Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources, Third Edition, With a New Foreword by Paul Christesen / Edition 3

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by Stephen G. Miller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520274334

ISBN-13: 9780520274334

Pub. Date: 09/01/2012

Publisher: University of California Press


From the informal games of Homer's time to the highly organized contests of the Roman world, Miller has compiled a trove of ancient sources: Plutarch on boxing, Aristotle on the pentathlon, Philostratos on the buying and selling of victories, Vitruvius on literary competitions, and Xenophon on female body building. Arete offers readers an absorbing

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From the informal games of Homer's time to the highly organized contests of the Roman world, Miller has compiled a trove of ancient sources: Plutarch on boxing, Aristotle on the pentathlon, Philostratos on the buying and selling of victories, Vitruvius on literary competitions, and Xenophon on female body building. Arete offers readers an absorbing lesson in the culture of Greek athletics from the greatest of teachers, the ancients themselves, and demonstrates that the concepts of virtue, skill, pride, valor, and nobility embedded in the word arete are only part of the story from antiquity. This bestselling volume on the culture of Greek athletics is updated with a new preface by leading scholar Paul Christesen that discusses the book's continued importance for students of ancient athletics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520274334
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Edition description:
Fourth Edition, With a New Foreword by Paul Christesen
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
512,590
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents


Abbreviations
Foreword
Introduction

I. The Earliest Days of Greek Athletics

II. Nudity and Equipment

III. The Events at a Competition
a. Running
b. Wrestling
c. Boxing
d. Pankration
e. Pentathlon
f. Equestrian
g. Herald and Trumpeter
h. Music
i. Poetry and Prose Composition
j. Acting
k. Painting

IV. Organization of a Panhellenic Festival
a. Preparations at the Site
b. Preparations of the Athletes
c. The Truce
d. Preliminaries: Registration and Certification
e. Schedule, Heats, and Pairings
f. Prohibitions and Penalties
g. Officials
h. Rewards for Victory

V. Local Festivals
a. The Panathenaic Games of Athens
b. The Eleutheria of Larissa in Thessaly
c. The Bomonikai of Sparta

VI. The Role of the Games in Society

VII. Women in Athletics

VIII. Athletes and Heroes

IX. Ball playing

X. Gymnasion, Athletics, and Education

XI. The Spread of Greek Athletics in the Hellenistic Period

XII. Greek Athletics in the Roman Period

XIII. Amateurism and Professionalism

XIV. Nationalism and Internationalism
a. Relations between the Panhellenic Sanctuaries
b. Relations between City-States and the Panhellenic Sanctuaries
c. Relations between City-States at the Panhellenic Sanctuaries

XV. Beauty and Reality

Appendix: The Olympian and Pythian Programs
Select Bibliography
Index and Glossary
Sources for the Chapter-Opening Sketches

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