By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
A significant other to recreation and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity offers a sequence of essays that observe a socio-historical standpoint to myriad points of historic game and spectacle.
Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
Includes contributions from a variety of foreign students with numerous Classical antiquity specialties
Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to ascertain activity in towns and territories in the course of the Mediterranean basin
Features a number of illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and a close index to extend accessibility and help researchers
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Additional info for A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman antiquity
The motif of symbolic and sometimes actual death in competition, then, is found in Greek and not just Roman culture. Many people in the present day are shocked – or intrigued – by the Greeks’ apparent insensitivity to violence, dangers, and even death in the stadium. Like people before and after them, Greeks found orchestrated violence alluring, and they admired combat athletes for their toughness, endurance, and fighting spirit. 30 Donald G. Kyle Greeks saw excellence in athletics and war as analogous (Golden 1998: 23–8; Spivey 2004: 1–29), and combat events seem to suggest surrogate warfare or military training.
Antonaccio’s Chapter 12 is the practice of sport by residents of Greek communities in southern Italy and Sicily in the period between the early seventh and early fourth centuries bce. Much of her essay is devoted to an exploration of sport at the city-states of Croton and Taras and the participation of the dynasts who ruled Gela, Syracuse, and Akragas at the Olympic and Pythian Games. Her nuanced explanation of the reasons why those dynasts lavishly expended resources pursuing equestrian victories at major athletic festivals in the Greek homeland includes insights into why there were no Panhellenic or even important regional athletic festivals in the Greek West.
He discusses selected major contributions, emphasizes publications in English, and leaves aside the modern reception and revival of the ancient Olympics. The large number of publications on which Weiler touches, and the range of places and languages in which they appeared, is a vivid demonstration of the vibrancy of ancient sport history as a field of study and the international appeal of this subject. In Chapter 8 Thomas Heine Nielsen discusses the sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia and the operation of the Olympic Games.
A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman antiquity by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle