Ancient Greek Athletics

Ancient Greek Athletics


By (author) Stephen G. Miller


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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 251mm x 18mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300115296
  • ISBN 13: 9780300115291
  • Illustrations note: 221 b&w + 71 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 508,339

Product description

Presenting a survey of sports in ancient Greece, this work describes ancient sporting events and games. It considers the role of women and amateurs in ancient athletics, and explores the impact of these games on art, literature and politics.

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Author information

Stephen G. Miller, professor of classical archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, directs 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.

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"Concise yet comprehensive... the crowning glory of a lifetime's work in the field" James Davidson, Daily Telegraph "Excellently documented and marvellously illustrated" Times Literary Supplement "Miller proves that a good scholar can write clearly and be engaging about specialised research without prostituting scholarship for entertainment." History Today "The finest, most complete, and most useful account of ancient Greek athletics that I have seen." Donald Kagan, author of The Peloponnesian War "Everyone interested in sports will want to own this book, which is a lucid introduction to ancient athletics." Mary Lefkowitz, author of Greek Gods, Human Lives "A beautiful, informative book. Miller... brings the ancient Greek athletic festivals to life." Scientific American "This book will serve as the locus classicus for the history of sport in ancient Greece." Jenifer Neils, Odyssey"