A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle

By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle

A better half to activity and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a chain of essays that observe a socio-historical viewpoint to myriad features of historic game and spectacle.

  • Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
  • Includes contributions from various foreign students with quite a few Classical antiquity specialties
  • Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to check recreation in towns and territories during the Mediterranean basin
  • Features quite a few illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and a close index to extend accessibility and help researchers

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Hallett, J. and M. Skinner, eds. 1997. Roman Sexualities. Princeton. Holowchak, M. , ed. 2002. Philosophy of Sport: Critical Readings, Crucial Issues. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Hornblower, S. and C. Morgan, eds. 2007. Pindar’s Poetry, Patrons, and Festivals: From Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire. Oxford. Kitroeff, A. 2004. Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics. New York. König, J. 2005. Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire. Cambridge. Kyle, D. 2007. Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World.

2002. Eros and Greek Athletics. Oxford. Spivey, N. 2012. The Ancient Olympics. 2nd ed. Oxford. Young, D. 1984. The Olympic Myth of Greek Amateur Athletics. Chicago. Weiler, I. 1988. Der Sport bei den Völkern der alten Welt. Eine Einführung. 2nd ed. Darmstadt. Section I Greece part I The Background chapter 1 Greek Athletic Competitions The Ancient Olympics and More Donald G. 2 In the present day, on the other hand, most people are unfamiliar with the “nuts and bolts” of ancient Greek sport. This essay, accordingly, provides a basic overview of the contests, contexts, categories, terms, and rules of sport in Archaic and Classical Greece (700–323 bce).

Owners did not even need to be present, thus allowing absentee and even female victors (see Chapter 16). 14,000 meters) was the most costly and spectacular Greek contest. 9,500 meters). In both races charioteers, who wore tunics, goaded their horses on and raced their chariots, built light for speed, over a racetrack with hairpin turns. 10 describes the Olympic venue) lacked a central dividing barrier to prevent head-on collisions. Sophocles (Electra 681–756) recounts a fictional tethrippon at Delphi in which only 1 of 10 chariots finishes the race and in which multiple crashes result in fatalities among the drivers.

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