Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources

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University of California Press, Jun 7, 2004 - History - 248 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The Earliest Days of Greek Athletics
1
Nudity and Equipment
16
The Events at a Competition
23
WRESTLING
27
BOXING see also no 35
32
PANKRATION see also nos 22 23 29
37
PENTATHLON
39
EQUESTRIAN
50
THE ELEUTHERIA OF LARISSA IN THESSALY
86
THE BOMONIKAI OF SPARTA
88
The Role of the Games in Society
89
Women in Athletics
105
Athletes and Heroes
111
Ball Playing
120
Gymnasion Athletics and Education
126
The Spread of Greek Athletics in the Hellenistic Period
153

HERALD AND TRUMPETER
57
MUSIC
58
POETRY AND PROSE COMPOSITION
59
ACTING
61
Organization of a Panhellenic Festival
63
PREPARATIONS OF THE ATHLETES
65
THE TRUCE
67
PRELIMINARIES REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION
69
SCHEDULE HEATS AND PAIRINGS
70
PROHIBITIONS AND PENALTIES
73
OFFICIALS
75
REWARDS FOR VICTORY
76
Local Festivals
81
Greek Athletics in the Roman Period
160
Amateurism and Professionalism
165
Nationalism and Internationalism
181
RELATIONS BETWEEN THE PANHELLENIC SANCTUARIES
184
RELATIONS BETWEEN CITYSTATES AND THE PANHELLENIC SANCTUARIES
186
RELATIONS BETWEEN CITYSTATES AT THE PANHELLENIC SANCTUARIES
190
Beauty and Reality
192
Appendix
201
Select Bibliography
203
Index and Glossary
209
Sources for the ChapterOpening Sketches
235
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Stephen G. Miller is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Nemea Excavations. He is the author of The Prytaneion (1978), coauthor of Nemea: A Guide to Site and Museum (1990), and general editor of the forthcoming publications from the Nemea excavations, all published by the University of California Press.

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