Olympic Games And Other Greek Athletics

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Author : Nigel B. Crowther
ISBN : 361500311X
Genre : Athletics
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Welches waren die Ideale der Olympischen Spiele der Antike? Wie qualifizierten sich die Athleten? Warum erduldeten die Zuschauer in Olympia so raue Bedingungen? Welche Bedeutung hatte das Heiligtum fur Elis? Warum waren die Olympioniken so beruhmt? Athletika wendet sich diesen und anderen interessanten Fragen zu, mit einer detaillierten Analyse der Primarquellen und der neuesten Forschung. Tiefgrundig untersucht der Autor die verschiedenen Disziplinen der griechischen Wettkampfe, das Alter der Teilnehmer, die Zuchtigung der Athleten, die Bedeutung des Sieges, das Training, die Nacktheit, die Sklaven, die Zuschauer, die Gewalt, den Sinn von "fair play", die Unparteilichkeit der Organisatoren, und die stadtischen Wettkampfe. Auerdem behandelt er so unterschiedliche Themen wie die Wettkampfe in Bodybuilding und Gewichtheben, die Haltung der Romer den Olympischen Spielen gegenuber, den Trainingsplan Ciceros, Mannschaftsspiele und ihre Bedeutung fur die moderne Welt, Skandale der Antike und der Moderne, und das Vermachtnis des griechischen und romischen Sports. What were the ideals of the ancient Olympics? How did athletes qualify? Why did spectators endure such harsh conditions at Olympia? What is the significance of the Sanctuary for Elis? Why were the Olympics so popular? Athletika addresses these intriguing questions and others, with a detailed analysis of the primary sources and recent scholarship. The author examines in depth the events of Greek athletics, the ages of competitors, the flogging of athletes, the importance of victory, training, nudity, slaves, spectators, violence, the sense of "fair play", the impartiality of officials, and civic athletics. He also explores such diverse topics as bodybuilding and weightlifting contests, Roman attitudes to the Olympic Games, the exercise routine of Cicero, team games and their relevance for the modern world, ancient and modern scandals, and the legacies of Greek and Roman sport.
Category: Athletics

Ancient Greek Athletics

Author : Stephen Gaylord Miller
ISBN : 0300115296
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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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.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Greek Athletics And The Olympics

Author : Alan Beale
ISBN : 9780521138208
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Looks at the history of athletics and the Olympic games in ancient Greece through translations of extracts from key texts.
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The Ancient Greek Olympics

Author : Richard Woff
ISBN : 0195215818
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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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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The Smell Of Sweat

Author : William Blake Tyrrell
ISBN : 9780865165533
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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A survey of Greek athletics from Homeric times through the fourth century C.E. From the games of the "Iliad, to the foundation of the Olympic games, to the poetry of Pindar and the Olympic Festival, this book covers all aspects of Greek athletics: the events themselves--from the running events held at the first competitions to the later "heavy" events of wrestling, boxing, and the pankration, to the pentathlon, jump, discus, and javelin, held only at festival; the religious and athletic centers; the festivals in which the games took place; the voices of the games' celebrators (like the poet Pindar), critics, and the athletes themselves; the "gyymnasion and its culture; and the evidence--literary, artistic, archeological, and historical. The introduction examines the nineteenth-century bias that created the myth of Greek amateurism. An extensive bibliography aids the reader in pursuing further study.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Sport In Ancient Times

Author : Nigel B. Crowther
ISBN : 0275987396
Genre : History
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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.
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The Ancient Olympic Games

Author : Judith Swaddling
ISBN : 0292777515
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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For over one thousand years between 776 B.C. and A.D. 395, princes, statesmen, and famous athletes gathered every four years at Olympia in western Greece to compete for the olive crowns of the ancient Olympic Games. Judith Swaddling traces the mythological and religious origins of the games and describes the events, religious ceremony, and celebrations that were an essential part of the Olympic festival. The book also features a large, detailed model of the site of ancient Olympia, where, alongside religious and civic buildings, there grew an elaborate sports complex with a stadium for 40,000 spectators, indoor and outdoor training facilities, hot and cold baths, a swimming pool, and a race course. For this revised edition, three new chapters have been added, covering the diet and medical treatment of athletes; sponsorship, patronage, and propaganda; and revivals of the games. Superbly illustrated with vases, sculpture, and other works of ancient art, and with new views of the site, the new edition of this indispensable account of Ancient Olympia and the games now includes color reproduction for over half the illustrations, as well as many additional pictures.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Greek Sport And Social Status

Author : Mark Golden
ISBN : 9780292778955
Genre : History
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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.
Category: History

Games For The Gods

Author : John Herrmann
ISBN : UOM:39015059592173
Genre : Social Science
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, proudly presents the original Olympics in all their sweaty, heroic glory. Like today, sports were a vital part of daily life in ancient Greece. "Games for the Gods" unearths the original traditions of athletics, highlighting both the fascinating similarities and the jarring differences between the ancient ways and our own. We might not be used to such Classical customs as associating athletic festivals with certain gods, seeing our athletes compete in the nude, or having them indulge in dirty fighting as accepted practice (then again...), but the excitement of competition, admiration for athletic skill, and adoration of champions--as well as several of the sports--are just as familiar to fans today as they were to the ancients. The Greek Games here come to life in a series of texts that explore the Olympics then and now, the origins of the games and various athletic events, and the ways in which the contests were prepared for and the victors honoured. With stunning illustrations of over 140 sculptures, vases, and coins, as well as photographs of modern athletes, "Games for the Gods" is a unique celebration of the Olympic spirit through the ages.
Category: Social Science

Onward To The Olympics

Author : Gerald P. Schaus
ISBN : 9781554587797
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Olympic Games have had two lives—the first lasted for a millennium with celebrations every four years at Olympia to honour the god Zeus. The second has blossomed over the past century, from a simple start in Athens in 1896 to a dazzling return to Greece in 2004. Onward to the Olympics provides both an overview and an array of insights into aspects of the Games’ history. Leading North American archaeologists and historians of sport explore the origins of the Games, compare the ancient and the modern, discuss the organization and financing of such massive athletic festivals, and examine the participation ,or the troubling lack of it, by women. Onward to the Olympics bridges the historical divide between the ancient and the modern and concludes with a thought-provoking final essay that attempts to predict the future of the Olympics over the twenty-first century.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Athletics And Games Of The Ancient Greeks

Author : Edward Marwick Plummer
ISBN : UOM:39015019063299
Genre : Athletics
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This 1898 pamphlet provides an overview of ancient Greek athletic competitions, including the Olympic Games.
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The Ancient Olympics

Author : Nigel Spivey
ISBN : 9780191655418
Genre : History
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The word 'athletics' is derived from the Greek verb 'to struggle for a prize'. After reading this book, no one will see the Olympics as a graceful display of Greek beauty again, but as war by other means. Nigel Spivey paints a portrait of the Greek Olympics as they really were - fierce contests between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assault. Victory was almost worth dying for, and a number of athletes did just that. Many more resorted to cheating and bribery. Contested always bitterly and often bloodily, the ancient Olympics were not an idealistic celebration of unity, but a clash of military powers in an arena not far removed from the battlefield.
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Author : Robin Waterfield
ISBN : 9781786691903
Genre : History
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In the northwestern corner of the great peninsula of the Peloponnese, close to the meeting point of the Cladeus and Alpheus rivers, lies a peaceful river valley overlooked by the steep-sided Hill of Cronus. Here, between the eighth century BCE and the fourth century CE, rival athletes competed for glory in the ancient Olympic Games. Every four years, and from every corner of the Mediterranean world – from Samos to Syracuse and from Sparta to Smyrna – they descended on this quiet corner of southern Greece sacred to Zeus, seeking to excel in disciplines as diverse as sprinting, boxing, wrestling, trumpet blowing and chariot and mulecart racing. The victors of these ancient games may have been awarded crowns of olive leaves in recognition of their achievements, but these original Olympics were no idealistic celebration of the classical aesthetic of grace and beauty shared by all of the participating Greek city-states, but often a bitterly contested struggle between political rivals. Robin Waterfield paints a vivid picture of the reality of the ancient Olympic Games; describes the events in which competitors took part; explores their purpose, rituals and politics; and charts the vicissitudes of their remarkable thousand-year history.
Category: History

Greek Athletic Sports And Festivals

Author : E. Norman Gardiner
ISBN : 9781528790949
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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First published in 1910, this book explores the subject of athletics festivals in ancient Greece, looking in detail at its history as well as the exercises commonly seen at such occasions. “Greek Athletic Sports and Festivals” is highly recommend for those with an interest in athletics and is not to be missed by collectors of related literature. Contents include: “Introductory”, “Athletics in Homer”, “The Rise of the Athletic Festival”, “The Age of Athletic Festivals, Sith Century B.C.”, “The Age of 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, etc. Macha Press is republishing this classic work now in a new edition complete with the extract 'Classical Games' by Francis Storr.
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A Brief History Of The Olympic Games

Author : David C. Young
ISBN : 9780470777756
Genre : History
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For more than a millennium, the ancient Olympics captured the imaginations of the Greeks, until a Christianized Rome terminated the competitions in the fourth century AD. But the Olympic ideal did not die and this book is a succinct history of the ancient Olympics and their modern resurgence. Classics professor David Young, who has researched the subject for over 25 years, reveals how the ancient Olympics evolved from modest beginnings into a grand festival, attracting hundreds of highly trained athletes, tens of thousands of spectators, and the finest artists and poets.
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Historical Dictionary Of The Olympic Movement

Author : John Grasso
ISBN : 9781442248601
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Olympic Movement began with the Ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Greece on the Peloponnesus peninsula at Olympia, Greece. It is not clear why the Greeks instituted this quadrennial celebration in the form of an athletic festival. The recorded history of the Ancient Olympic Games begins in 776 B.C., although it is suspected that the Games had been held for several centuries by that time. The Games were conducted as religious celebrations in honor of the god Zeus, and it is known that Olympia was a shrine to Zeus from about 1000 B.C. In modern time The Olympic Movement attempts to bring all the nations of the world together in a series of multisport festivals, the Olympic Games, seeking to use sport as a means to promote internationalism and peace. This fifth edition of Historical Dictionary of The Olympic Movement covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1000 cross-referenced entries on the history, philosophy, and politics of the Olympics, major organizations, the various sports, the participating countries, and especially the athletes. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about The Olympic Movement.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Modern Olympics

Author : David C. Young
ISBN : 0801872073
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Coubertin's main contribution to the founding of the modern Olympics was the zeal he brought to transforming an idea that had evolved over decades into the reality of Olympiad I and all the Olympic Games held thereafter.
Category: Sports & Recreation