Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources

Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources


By (author) Stephen G. Miller

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 5mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520241541
  • ISBN 13: 9780520241541
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 15 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 752,269

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From the informal games of Homer's time to the highly organized contests of the Roman world, Miller has compiled a 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. With nearly 50 per cent more texts than the highly successful second edition, this new version of "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.

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Author information

Stephen G. Miller is Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley, and has been for more than 30 years the director of the excavations at Nemea. He is the author of Ancient Greek Athletics (2004) and Excavations at Nemea II: The Early Hellenistic Stadium (California, 2001) and the general editor of Excavations at Nemea III: The Coins (California, 2004).

Review quote

"Unquestionably the best available sourcebook on the nature of athletics and its role in Greek society from Homeric through Roman Imperial times."--Jeremy Rutter, "Classical World"