Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire by Jason KönigAthletics and Literature in the Roman Empire by Jason König

Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire

byJason König

Paperback | July 31, 2008

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Greek athletics flourished more in the Roman empire than ever before. Jason König offers an exciting new cultural history of the athletics of this period, setting out neglected evidence for athletic festivals and athletic education. He also explores the way in which discussion of athletics, a highly controversial subject, could become entangled in wider debates in Greek and Roman culture.
Title:Athletics and Literature in the Roman EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:420 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.94 inPublished:July 31, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521070082

ISBN - 13:9780521070089


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Lucian and Anacharsis: gymnasion education in the Greek city; 3. Models for virtue: Dio's Melankomas and the athletic body; 4. Pausanias and Olympic panhellenism; 5. Silius Italicus and the athletics of Rome; 6. Athletes and doctors: Galen's agonistic medicine; 7. Philostratus' Gymnasticus and the rhetoric of the athletic body; Conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

"...Until this book no scholar has studied the body of literature related to athletics in the Roman imperial period...This is a fresh and provocative study and one that begs for similar synchronic analyses of athletically related ancient texts...Konig's work is hugely welcome, and a stimulus for further projects." --Phoenix : Journal of the Classical Association of Canada.