Eros and Greek Athletics

Eros and Greek Athletics


By (author) Thomas F. Scanlon


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 468 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 235mm x 26mm | 667g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195149858
  • ISBN 13: 9780195149852
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,046,608

Product description

Greek athletics offers a clear window on many important aspects of ancient culture. Thomas F. Scanlon's comprehensive overview of Greek athletics explores when and how athletics was linked with religion, upbringing, gender, sexuality, and social values in an evolution from Homer until the Roman period. It presents original findings of importance to all those interested in ancient and modern sports, religion, gender studies, sexuality, and cultural studies generally.

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certainly an important book: it is the first to address this essential nexus of issues in Greek culture directly...a treasury of detailed accounts of many issues in an important area. Andrew Lear, Classical Studies Everywhere there are intelligent insights ... an important contribution to scholarship in this field. The Journal of Classics Teaching Scanlon's excellent new study of the sexual dimension in Greek sport ... Thomas Scanlon's richly informative book represents a culmination of a lifetime's study of ancient athletics. Erich Segal, Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Greek Athletics and Religion ; 3. The Ecumenical Olympics: The Games in the Roman Era ; 4. Athletics, Initiation, and Pederasty ; 5. Racing for Hera: A Girls' Contest at Olympia ; 6. "Only We Produce Men": Spartan Female Athletics and Eugenics ; 7. Race or Chase of "the Bears" at Brauron? ; 8. Atalanta and Athletic Myths of Gender ; 9. Eros and Greek Athletics ; 10. Drama, Death, and Desire in Athletic Performance ; 11. Conclusions