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Arete - Greek Sports from Ancient Sources

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780520241541

ISBN10:
0520241541
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
4/29/2004
Publisher(s):
Univ of California Pr

Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii
Introduction ix
I. THE EARLIEST DAYS OF GREEK ATHLETICS: 1-2 1(15)
II. NUDITY AND EQUIPMENT: 3-19 16(7)
III. THE EVENTS AT A COMPETITION 23(40)
a. Running: 20-31
23(4)
b. Wrestling: 32-36
27(5)
c. Boxing: 37-43
32(5)
d. Pankration: 44-46
37(2)
e. Pentathlon: 47-65
39(11)
f. Equestrian: 66-72
50(7)
g. Herald and Trumpeter: 73-74
57(1)
h. Music: 75-76
58(1)
i. Poetry and Prose Composition: 77-78
59(2)
j. Acting: 79
61(1)
k. Painting: 80
61(2)
IV. ORGANIZATION OF A PANHELLENIC FESTIVAL 63(18)
a. Preparations at the Site: 81-82
63(2)
b. Preparations of the Athletes: 83-86
65(2)
C. The Truce: 87-89
67(2)
d. Preliminaries: Registration and Certification: 90-94
69(1)
e. Schedule, Heats, and Pairings: 95-99
70(3)
f. Prohibitions and Penalties: 100-104
73(2)
g. Officials: 105-109
75(1)
h. Rewards for Victory: 110-118
76(5)
V. LOCAL FESTIVALS 81(8)
a. The Panathenaic Games of Athens: 119-123
81(5)
b. The Eleutheria of Larissa in Thessaly: 124-126
86(2)
c. The Bomonikai of Sparta: 127
88(1)
VI. THE ROLE OF THE GAMES IN SOCIETY: 128-148 89(16)
VII. WOMEN IN ATHLETICS: 149-162 105(6)
VIII. ATHLETES AND HEROES: 163-175 111(9)
IX. BALL PLAYING: 176-178 120(6)
X. GYMNASION, ATHLETICS, AND EDUCATION: 179-189 126(27)
XI. THE SPREAD OF GREEK ATHLETICS IN THE HELLENISTIC PERIOD: 190-199 153(7)
XII. GREEK ATHLETICS IN THE ROMAN PERIOD: 200-204 160(5)
XIII. AMATEURISM AND PROFESSIONALISM: 205-223 165(16)
XIV. NATIONALISM AND INTERNATIONALISM: 224-231 181(11)
a. Relations between the Panhellenic Sanctuaries: 232-236
184(2)
b. Relations between City-States and the Panhellenic Sanctuaries: 237-242
186(4)
c. Relations between City-States at the Panhellenic Sanctuaries: 243-247
190(2)
XV. BEAUTY AND REALITY: 248-256 192(9)
Appendix: The Olympian and Pythian Programs 201(2)
Select Bibliography 203(6)
Index and Glossary 209(26)
Sources for the Chapter-Opening Sketches 235


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