Excavations at Nemea II: The Early Hellenistic Stadium / Edition 1

Excavations at Nemea II: The Early Hellenistic Stadium / Edition 1

by Stephen G. Miller
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University of California Press

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Excavations at Nemea II: The Early Hellenistic Stadium / Edition 1

Since 1974, under the direction of Stephen G. Miller, the Classics Department of the University of California, Berkeley, has been excavating at Nemea, one of four sites in Greece of ancient athletic games and festivals. This second volume in the Excavations at Nemea series presents the Early Hellenistic stadium, used to celebrate the games from around 330 to 271 b.c. The presentation of remains includes findings on related structures—the entrance tunnel, with its ancient graffiti, and the Apodyterion, or undressing room, used by the athletes who competed—as well as on the track, the hydraulic system, the seating for judges and spectators, the starting line, the starting mechanism, and the turning post for foot races. All the structures and artifacts are set into the broader context of other contemporaneous stadia.

The contributing authors provide insight into the Games at Nemea by analyzing the coins found at the site and relating them to the makeup of the crowds and by giving a human dimension to the Games by focusing on an inscription honoring the death of a Lydian there.

The architectural remains at Nemea give a "stop action" picture of the stadium and the activities associated with it at the beginning of the Hellenistic era. They represent evidence of an entertainment industry that began to develop, in both theatrical performances and athletic contests, in the time of Alexander the Great—one that set apart professional performers from citizen spectators, a separation that also reflected changes in Hellenistic education and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520216778
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/30/2001
Series: Excavations at Nemea Series
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Selected Bibliography and Abbreviations
Specialized Terminology and Abbreviations Used in the Text and Catalogues
Elevations, Grid References, and Measurements
I: Location and History of Excavations
II: Description of the Remains
III: The Entrance Tunnel
IV: The Tunnel Graffiti
V: History and Chronology
VI: The Apodyterion
VII: An Informal Funerary Inscription, David Chamberlain
VIII: The Pre-Christian Coins from the Stadium, Robert C. Knapp
IX: Varia
X: Conclusions
Appendix A: Catalogue of Artifacts
Appendix B: Catalogue of Graffiti
Index of Subjects
Index of Inventoried Finds

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