The Athlete in the Ancient Greek World

In ancient Greece, athletes were public figures, idolized and envied. This fascinating book draws on a broad range of ancient sources to explore the development of athletes in Greece from the archaic period to the Roman Empire.

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Author: Reyes Bertolín Cebrián

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806167572

Category: History

Page: 250

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In the world of sports, the most important component is the athlete. After all, without athletes there would be no sports. In ancient Greece, athletes were public figures, idolized and envied. This fascinating book draws on a broad range of ancient sources to explore the development of athletes in Greece from the archaic period to the Roman Empire. Whereas many previous books have focused on the origins of the Greek games themselves, or the events or locations where the games took place, this volume places a unique emphasis on the athletes themselves—and the fostering of their athleticism. Moving beyond stereotypes of larger-than-life heroes, Reyes Bertolín Cebrián examines the experiences of ordinary athletes, who practiced sports for educational, recreational, or professional purposes. According to Bertolín Cebrián, the majority of athletes in ancient times were young men and mostly single. Similar to today, most athletes practiced sport as part of their schooling. Yet during the fifth century B.C., a major shift in ancient Greek education took place, when the curriculum for training future leaders became more academic in orientation. As a result, argues Bertolín Cebrián, the practice of sport in the Hellenistic period lost its appeal to the intellectual elite, even as it remained popular with large sectors of the population. Thus, a gap emerged between the “higher” and “lower” cultures of sport. In looking at the implications of this development for athletes, whether high-performing or recreational, this erudite volume traverses such wide-ranging fields as history, literature, medicine, and sports psychology to recreate—in compelling detail—the life and lifestyle of the ancient Greek athlete.

Greek Athletes and Athletics

There are those who know a great deal about modern athletics but nothing about
ancient Greece . Finally there are the increasing numbers of intelligent tourists
who visit Greece ; they may know very little about the Greek world or its athletics ...

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Author: Harold Arthur Harris

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015004080167

Category: Athletes

Page: 244

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Athletics in the Ancient World

This comprehensive text focuses mostly on athletics in classical Greece and Rome, emphasizing the relationship between athletics and religion, art, and education.

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Author: E. Norman Gardiner

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486424863

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 246

View: 521

This comprehensive text focuses mostly on athletics in classical Greece and Rome, emphasizing the relationship between athletics and religion, art, and education. Also discussed are such events as throwing the discus and javelin, the pentathlon, the stadium and the foot-race, jumping, wrestling, boxing, ball play, and a Greek athletic festival. According to the Times (London) Literary Supplement, the book "should command the attention not only of classical scholars but of all who are interested in athletics for their own sake; and for such readers, [the author] has spared no pains to make his work intelligible." Unabridged republication of Athletics of the Ancient World, originally published by the Oxford University Press, London, 1930. 137 black-and-white illustrations. Bibliography. Index and Glossary.

Athletries

From women bull-jumping in Minoan Crete and ancient Sparta -- where girls wrestled in the nude alongside boys -- to women competing in full armour in chariot races, this book presents ancient women as much more than sisters, wives, and ...

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Author: Anne C. Reese

Publisher: Night Owl Publications Lcc

ISBN: UOM:39015056504940

Category: History

Page: 189

View: 427

From women bull-jumping in Minoan Crete and ancient Sparta -- where girls wrestled in the nude alongside boys -- to women competing in full armour in chariot races, this book presents ancient women as much more than sisters, wives, and mothers. Focusing on an area that has long been dominated by men, this book documents women's participation in the ancient Greek world of sports in an effort to reconstruct and present a full and equitable picture of women in history as capable, independent thinkers and valuable contributors to ancient Greek society. Included is a complete list gathered from ancient texts, inscriptions, art, and artefacts of women winners and the festivals and events in which they were victorious.

Ancient Greek Athletics

Presenting a survey of sports in ancient Greece, this work describes ancient sporting events and games.

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Author: Stephen Gaylord Miller

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300115296

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 120

Presenting a survey of sports in ancient Greece, this work describes ancient sporting events and games. It considers the role of women and amateurs in ancient athletics, and explores the impact of these games on art, literature and politics.

Two Studies in the History of Ancient Greek Athletics

Two Studies in the History of Ancient Greek Athletics:0I) A Survey of the Proliferation of Athletic and Equestrian Competitions in Late Archaic and Classical Greece.0II) The Prestige of a Nemean Victory.0The first study is a survey of the ...

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Author: Thomas Heine Nielsen

Publisher:

ISBN: 8773044121

Category:

Page: 299

View: 189

Games and Sanctuaries in Ancient Greece

Published to coincide with the return of the Olympics to Greece in 2004, this thoroughly researched book studies sport in ancient Greece over a span of a millennium and a half-from the earliest mentions of athletics in Homer's Iliad and ...

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Author: Panos Valavanēs

Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum

ISBN: UOM:39015061146315

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 447

View: 977

As religious rituals, rites of passage, and celebrations of the body, athletics were deeply woven into the fabric of ancient Greek life. Modeled after physical exercises and competitions that existed in earlier Near Eastern cultures, hundreds of athletic contests were held throughout the ancient Greek world. In the eighth century B.C., the games held at Olympia began to surpass all others in their fame and glory and gave rise to a sporting tradition that engages and enthralls the world to this day. Published to coincide with the return of the Olympics to Greece in 2004, this thoroughly researched book studies sport in ancient Greece over a span of a millennium and a half-from the earliest mentions of athletics in Homer's Iliad and other literary sources, through the Classical age, and into the Hellenistic, Roman, and late antique periods. With more than five hundred illustrations, the book tours the monumental stadiums, bathhouses, temples, and other structures built to host the athletic events and to house the wealth of art created to pay tribute to the athletes, gods, and heroes of the games.

Athletics in the Ancient World

This book offers an introduction to the many forms that athletics took in the ancient world, and to the sources of evidence by which we can study it.

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Author: Zahra Newby

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN: UOM:39015069372509

Category: History

Page: 108

View: 779

Offers an introduction to the many forms that athletics took in the ancient world, and to the sources of evidence by which we can study it. As well as looking at the role of athletics in archaic and classical Greece, this book also covers the periods of the Hellenistic and Roman worlds. The different aspects of athletics are also considered.

Sport and Society in Ancient Greece

A concise introduction to ancient Greek sport.

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Author: Mark Golden

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521497906

Category: History

Page: 216

View: 618

A concise introduction to ancient Greek sport.

Arete

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 ...

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Author: Stephen G. Miller

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520931033

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 941

From the informal games of Homer's time to the highly organized contests of the Roman world, Miller has compileda 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.

Sanctuaries and the Sacred in the Ancient Greek World

athletic excellence : It was a matter of individual prowess , obedient to the values
of the elite and the gymnasium ( which glorified the cult of the body ) , and of
beating the rest . Face to face with a statue of Zeus , athletes swore oaths that
they ...

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Author: John Pedley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521809355

Category: Art

Page: 272

View: 787

The first chapters outline important themes and issues, including locations and their meanings, defining features of sanctuaries, the relationship between structure and ritual, political as well as religious functions, transformations over time, and the activities and experiences of the individual. These themes are linked to historic and specific sanctuaries, notably Olympia and Delphi, as examples of major international sanctuaries; Samos and Poseidonia, as urban sanctuaries in different parts of the Greek world; and the acropolis in Athens. Final chapters trace the consequences of the Roman conquest, the triumph of Christianity, as well as the impact of Turks, travelers, archaeologists, and tourists on these sites. Written in a clear style and richly illustrated, this 2005 book is intended for students and provides an accessible yet authoritative introduction to the material aspects of ancient Greek sanctuaries and the ritual activities which took place there. It includes a lengthy glossary and a chapter bibliography.

The Ancient Greeks

Describes different aspects of ancient Greek civilization, including its history, government, gods, religion, art, literature, philosophy, science, and everyday life.

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Author: Alexandra Villing

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 089236985X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 144

Describes different aspects of ancient Greek civilization, including its history, government, gods, religion, art, literature, philosophy, science, and everyday life.

The Ancient Greek Olympics

Describes the history, traditions, and competitive events connected with the Olympic games held in ancient Greece and compares the ancient athletic events to those of the modern Olympics.

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Author: Richard Woff

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195215818

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 124

Describes the history, traditions, and competitive events connected with the Olympic games held in ancient Greece and compares the ancient athletic events to those of the modern Olympics.

How to Be an Ancient Greek Athlete

Introduces athletic competition for boys and men in ancient Greece, discussing physical training, rules, etiquette, and such events as wrestling, running, the pentathlon, and chariot racing.

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Author: Jacqueline Morley

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426302789

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 381

Introduces athletic competition for boys and men in ancient Greece, discussing physical training, rules, etiquette, and such events as wrestling, running, the pentathlon, and chariot racing.

The History of Ancient Greek Sports and Athletic Festivals

First came the Hellanodicae and other officials, then the athletes and their
trainers, the horses and chariots, their owners, jockeys, and drivers. ... The whole
Greek world was represented from Marseilles to the Black Sea, from Thrace to
Africa.

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Author: Edward Norman Gardiner

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: EAN:4057664560711

Category: History

Page: 458

View: 357

This eBook edition has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. The first part of this book is dedicated solely to the history of Greek athletics. The second part is more technical, though it may perhaps appeal to those who are actively interested in athletics. It consists of a number of chapters, each complete in itself, dealing with the details of Greek athletics. Content: History of Greek Athletics and Athletic Festivals From the Earliest Times to 393 A.D. Athletics in Homer The Rise of the Athletic Festival The Age of Athletic Festivals, Sixth Century B.C. The Age of the Athletic Ideal, 500-440 B.C. Professionalism and Specialization, 440-338 B.C. The Decline of Athletics, 338-146 B.C. Athletics under the Romans The Olympic Festival The Pythian, Isthmian, and Nemean Festivals The Athletic Festivals of Athens The Athletic Exercises of the Greeks The Stadium The Foot-Race The Jump and Halteres Throwing the Diskos Throwing the Javelin The Pentathlon Wrestling Boxing The Pankration The Hippodrome The Gymnasium and the Palaestra

Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece

This volume explores the religious motivations for pilgrimage and reveals the main preoccupations of worshippers in Ancient Greece.

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Author: Matthew Dillon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135099800

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 416

This volume explores the religious motivations for pilgrimage and reveals the main preoccupations of worshippers in Ancient Greece. Dillon examines the main sanctuaries of Delphi, Epidauros and Olympia, as well as the less well-known oracle of Didyma in Asia Minor and the festivals at the Isthmus of Corinth. He discusses the modes of travel to the sites, means of communication between pilgrims and the religious and ritual practices at the sanctuaries themselves. A unique insight into pilgrimage in Ancient Greece is presented, focusing on the diverse aspects of pilgrimage; the role of women and children, the religious festivals of particular ethnic groups and the colourful celebrations involving music, athletics and equestrian events. Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece is an accessible and fascinating volume, which reveals how the concept of pilgrimage contributes to Greek religion as a whole.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World

In Pindar's day, international athletes were always rich and male, and were
usually members of the traditional noble class, for whom the games were part of
a distinctive aristocratic identity. Pindar's patrons, from many Greek cities,
included ...

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Author: David Sacks

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438110202

Category: History

Page: 433

View: 268

Discusses the people, places and events found in over 2,000 years of Greek civilization.

Greek Sport and Social Status

In this collection of essays, a noted authority on ancient sport discusses how Greek sport has been used to claim and enhance social status, both in antiquity and in modern times.

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Author: Mark Golden

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292778955

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 874

From the ancient Olympic games to the World Series and the World Cup, athletic achievement has always conferred social status. In this collection of essays, a noted authority on ancient sport discusses how Greek sport has been used to claim and enhance social status, both in antiquity and in modern times. Mark Golden explores a variety of ways in which sport provided a route to social status. In the first essay, he explains how elite horsemen and athletes tried to ignore the important roles that jockeys, drivers, and trainers played in their victories, as well as how female owners tried to rank their equestrian achievements above those of men and other women. In the next essay, Golden looks at the varied contributions that slaves made to sport, despite its use as a marker of free, Greek status. In the third essay, he evaluates the claims made by gladiators in the Greek east that they be regarded as high-status athletes and asserts that gladiatorial spectacle is much more like Greek sport than scholars today usually admit. In the final essay, Golden critiques the accepted accounts of ancient and modern Olympic history, arguing that attempts to raise the status of the modern games by stressing their links to the ancient ones are misleading. He concludes that the contemporary movement to call a truce in world conflicts during the Olympics is likewise based on misunderstandings of ancient Greek traditions.

Sport in Ancient Times

Crowther offers a fascinating look at the role of sport as practiced in the ancient world.

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Author: Nigel B. Crowther

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275987396

Category: History

Page: 183

View: 523

Crowther offers a fascinating look at the role of sport as practiced in the ancient world. From the Prehistoric Age in Egypt, Sumeria, Mesopotamia, and Persia to the "historic period" in ancient Greece, Rome, and the Byzantine Empire, he not only probes the games themselves, but explores the ways in which athletics figured into cultural arenas that extended beyond physical prowess to military associations, rituals, status, and politics. Among the subjects covered are Cretan bull-leaping and Bronze-Age boxing, the ancient Olympic Games, gladiatorial contests, chariot racing, and the role of women in ancient sports.