By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
A spouse to activity and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a chain of essays that observe a socio-historical standpoint to myriad points of old activity and spectacle.
- Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
- Includes contributions from a variety of foreign students with quite a few Classical antiquity specialties
- Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to ascertain game in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
- Features quite a few illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and a close index to extend accessibility and support researchers
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Competitors went to Olympia on their own initiative; they were not screened or selected at home by state officials. Most athletes represented their native cities, but they were allowed to transfer their loyalty and victories by declaring that they were representing another state. The first known “free agent,” Astylos, won Olympic footraces for the city of Croton (in 488, 484) and then for Syracuse in 480 (Young 1984: 141–2). Early Olympians came from Elis or nearby states, but the scope of participation increased as Greeks spread throughout the Mediterranean world.
He also points out that female wrongdoers were punished in particularly cruel and degrading ways because offences committed by women, who were seen as naturally suited to playing a subordinate social role, were perceived as an unusually overt threat to society. Hugh M. Lee’s Chapter 36 on Greek sports at Rome shows that, contrary to traditional opinion, Romans did not long resist Greek sport. Triumphant generals introduced demonstrations of Greek athletics, and emperors followed Caesar’s and Augustus’s example in fostering Greek games.
A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman antiquity by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle