9780300115291

Ancient Greek Athletics

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300115291

  • ISBN10:

    0300115296

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 8/1/2006
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Summary

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Author Biography

Stephen G. Miller is professor emeritus of classical archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. For 33 years he directed the excavations at Nemea in Greece, one of the major sites of ancient games. He is the author of many books, including Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources.
 


Table of Contents

Preface vii
A Note on Transliterations and Measurements ix
Introduction
1(10)
The World of Greek Athletics
11(9)
The Origins of Greek Athletics
20(11)
The Crown Competitions: The Events at Olympia, Delphi, Nemea, and Isthmia
31(56)
The Sites of the Crown Competitions
87(26)
The Olympic Games, 300 B.C.: A Reconstruction of a Festival
113(16)
The Money Games at Epidauros, Athens, Larissa, and Sparta
129(21)
Women and Athletics
150(10)
Athletes and Heroes
160(6)
Sport and Recreation
166(10)
Training: The World of the Gymnasion and the Palaistra
176(20)
Athletics as Entertainment in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods
196(11)
Professionals and Amateurs
207(9)
Politics and the Games
216(10)
Athletics and Society
226(9)
Arete
235(6)
Glossary 241(12)
Bibliography 253(24)
General Index 277(10)
Index of Written Sources 287

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