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A significant other to recreation and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a chain of essays that follow a socio-historical viewpoint to myriad elements of historical recreation and spectacle. Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire

• comprises contributions from more than a few foreign students with a variety of Classical antiquity specialties
• is going past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to check game in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
• encompasses a number of illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and an in depth index to extend accessibility and help researchers

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Athens’ athletic games required major expenditures, and the facilities used by male citizens were prominent in social and civic life. Kyle explains the operation of various contests, especially in the Great Panathenaic festival, and he argues that athletics allowed Athens as a community – and Athenians individually – to display and publicize talents and resources. He also raises the question of the social origins of athletes at Athens, an issue treated more broadly in Chapter 13. In Chapter 11 David Gilman Romano discusses the history of sport in Central Greece and the northern Peloponnese during the Archaic (700–480 bce) and Classical periods.

Young, D. 1984. The Olympic Myth of Greek Amateur Athletics. Chicago. Weiler, I. 1988. Der Sport bei den Völkern der alten Welt. Eine Einführung. 2nd ed. Darmstadt. Section I Greece part I The Background chapter 1 Greek Athletic Competitions The Ancient Olympics and More Donald G. 2 In the present day, on the other hand, most people are unfamiliar with the “nuts and bolts” of ancient Greek sport. This essay, accordingly, provides a basic overview of the contests, contexts, categories, terms, and rules of sport in Archaic and Classical Greece (700–323 bce).

This essay, accordingly, provides a basic overview of the contests, contexts, categories, terms, and rules of sport in Archaic and Classical Greece (700–323 bce). It focuses on “ ­ athletics,” a term derived from the Greek words for contest (athlos) and prize (athlon) (Scanlon 2002: 7–9; Kyle 2007: 9–11). “Athletics,” taken as a subset of the broader, more inclusive term, “sport,” applies herein to public, physical competitions with prizes. We begin with some matters of perception and approach.

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