Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds: Volume 1: Early Greece, The Olympics, and Contests

Paperback | August 31, 2014

EditorThomas F. Scanlon

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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 ofsocial 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 itsepic, 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. A companion second volume complements this one with studies on the social and economic aspects of Greek sport, the role of Greek sport in the Roman era, and forms, functions and venues of Roman spectacles. The articles in both volumes offer an excellent starting point to inspire newcomers to thestudy of ancient sport, and to give students and scholars an informative set of models for present knowledge and future research.

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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 ofsocial history, archaeology, literature, and oth...

Thomas Scanlon is a Professor of Classics and director of the Programme in Comparative Ancient Civilizations at the University of California, Riverside.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:August 31, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionGreek Sports: Heroes and OriginsT. F. Scanlon: Introduction1. T. F. Scanlon: Women, Bull Sports, Cults and Initiation in Minoan Crete2. W. H. Willis: Athletic Contests in the Epic3. F. de Polignac: Athletic Cults in Ancient Greece: political topic, mythical discourseGreek Sports: Contesting the OlympicsT. F. Scanlon: Introduction4. U. Sinn: Olympia. The Place of the Contests in the Cult of Zeus Olympios5. N. B. Crowther: Athlete and State: Qualifying for the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece6. A. Farrington: Olympic Victors and the Popularity of the Games in the Imperial PeriodGreek Sports: Enigmas and Solutions of the ContestsT. F. Scanlon: Introduction7. S. G. Miller: Turns and Lanes in the Ancient Stadium8. D. G. Kyle: Watching and Winning the Greek Pentathlon9. M. Golden: Equestrian Competition in Ancient Greece: Difference, Dissent, DemocracyBibliographyIndex