The Athlete In The Ancient Greek World

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The Athlete In The Ancient Greek World

Author : Reyes Bertolín Cebrián
ISBN : 9780806167572
Genre : History
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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.
Category: History

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

Sport In The Greek And Roman Worlds Greek Athletic Identities And Roman Sports And Spectacle

Author : Thomas Francis Scanlon
ISBN : 9780198703785
Genre : History
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Volume 1. From the Minoan bull-leaping to the ancient Olympics and the enigmas of their contests, this first volume of Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds contains nine articles and chapters of enduring importance to the study of sport in ancient Greece, a field located at a crucial intersection of social history, archaeology, literature, and other aspects of Greek culture. The studies have been updated with addenda by the original authors, and two of the articles that were originally published in German or French have been translated into English here for the first time. The studies, selected for breadth and importance of historical topics, include: Greek sport in its epic, heroic, and Bronze Age origins; the ancient Olympics in its relation to religion, politics, and diversity of competitors; Greek events in track and field and equestrian events.
Category: History

Athletics In The Ancient World

Author : E. Norman Gardiner
ISBN : 0486424863
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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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.
Category: Sports & Recreation


Author : Anne C. Reese
ISBN : UOM:39015056504940
Genre : History
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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.
Category: History

Greek Athletes And Athletics

Author : Harold Arthur Harris
ISBN : UCSC:32106010925987
Genre : Athletes
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"In his preface, Professor Harris points to the following groups of people, among others, who would be interested in a book on Greek athletics: those who know much about ancient Greece but nothing about its athletics, and those who know a great deal about modern athletics but nothing about ancient Greece. In treating this subject, Professor Harris is fully mindful of the interest of the general reader as well as that of the scholar, and avoids an excessively technical approach while nevertheless making use of relevant literary comment and history. His translations and notes offer some new interpretations of passages in Greek and Roman literature in which references to athletics occur, and which he believes have been imperfectly understood in the past. By covering such a wide range of sources as literature, history, archaeology and memoirs, Professor Harris is able to bring to life Greek athletes in training, the situation of runners at the stating gate, and the excitement of boxers in action. Besides providing valuable coverage on the nature of athletic events, he gives us particulars on Greek standards of performance, an area in which there is deficiency of information. Though concurring with the general point of view that through regular exercise the Greeks left an impression of a people who enjoyed a better balance of life than the members of any subsequent civilization, Professor Harris does not romanticize the Greek. He points out in fact that spectators of sporting events of antiquity were no less excitable than modern crowds and that Greek athletes were susceptible to much of the unpleasantness of professionalism. Here, as an example, he refers to boxer Melancomas, who to avoid injury and the risk of his future, had developed such ability that he was reported to be able to skip about an opponent for two days without a blow being landed on either side. Despite these excesses noted in the ancient Greek world, and certainly familiar enough to us today, Professor Harris is cognizant of the condition of sport as an element of society, and demonstrates the relationship of physical well-being and intellectual and cultural achievement in Greek society. Greek boys studying geometry with the help of figures drawn on the sand on which they had just been wrestling, were perhaps receiving an integrated understanding of a quality of life, which is not easily matched in the world today." -- Provided by publisher
Category: Athletes

Athletics In The Ancient World

Author : Zahra Newby
ISBN : UOM:39015069372509
Genre : History
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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.
Category: History

How To Be An Ancient Greek Athlete

Author : Jacqueline Morley
ISBN : 1426302789
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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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 : Stephen G. Miller
ISBN : 0520931033
Genre : History
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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.
Category: History

Sanctuaries And The Sacred In The Ancient Greek World

Author : John Pedley
ISBN : 0521809355
Genre : Art
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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.
Category: Art

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.
Category: History

Encyclopedia Of The Ancient Greek World

Author : David Sacks
ISBN : 9781438110202
Genre : History
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Discusses the people, places and events found in over 2,000 years of Greek civilization.
Category: History

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.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Games And Sanctuaries In Ancient Greece

Author : Panos Valavanēs
ISBN : UOM:39015061146315
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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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.
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

The Ecology Of The Ancient Greek World

Author : Research Fellow in Biomolecular Sciences Robert Sallares
ISBN : 0801426154
Genre : History
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A pioneering study in historical population biology, this book offers the first comprehensive ecological history of the ancient Greek world. It proposes a new model for treating the relationship between the population and the land, centering on the distribution and abundance of living organisms.
Category: History

Pilgrims And Pilgrimage In Ancient Greece

Author : Matthew Dillon
ISBN : 9781135099800
Genre : History
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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.
Category: History

The Ancient Greeks

Author : Alexandra Villing
ISBN : 089236985X
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Describes different aspects of ancient Greek civilization, including its history, government, gods, religion, art, literature, philosophy, science, and everyday life.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction