The Olympic Games in Ancient Greece: Ancient Olympia and the Olympic Games

The Olympic Games in Ancient Greece: Ancient Olympia and the Olympic Games


Edited by Nicholas Yalouris, Consultant editor Otto Szymiczek, By (author) M. Andronicos, By (author) K. Palaeologos, By (author) J.A. Sakellarakis

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  • Publisher: Ekdotike Athenon S.A.
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 239mm x 18mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Athens
  • ISBN 10: 9602134054
  • ISBN 13: 9789602134054
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 156 colour illustrations

Product description

Countless volumes have been written about Greek civilisation, its achievements, and its significance for the modern world. Anyone wishing to read a systematic, well-documented account of the history and meaning of sport in ancient Greece, however, would have difficulty in finding the relevant books. Ekdotike Athenon felt it incumbent upon itself to present a complete picture of the history of sport and of the Olympic Games, as part of its series of publications. To this end, the aid has been sought of all the specialists who would be able to offer the reader an authoritative account both of the history of the Games, and also of the historical and archaeological data that illuminate this history and make it possible to interpret it. It would be difficult, however, for even the most competent historian to bring to life the world of sport and athletic games without the aid of illustrations. A uniquely rich series of plates and drawings has therefore been included, which will enable the reader to follow the text with ease, and to form a complete and living picture of athletics in Ancient Greece. It is our belief that this volume will be of value and interest to lovers of sport, of the ancient world and of art, and to specialists alike.

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Table of contents

Introduction M. Andronicos, 8; PREHISTRORY OF GAMES, 13; Athletics in Crete and Myceanae. I. Sakellarakis, 15; Athletics in the Geametric Period, 25; Games and Religion, 38; ATHLETICS AND EDUCATION, 41; The role of athletics in the education of the young. M. Andronicos, 43; Panhellenic Games. M. Andronicos, 69; THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN ANCIENT GREECE, 81; The importance and prestige of the Games. N. Yalouris, 83; Origin and history of the Games. N. Yalouris, 88; The sanctuary of Olympia. N. Yalouris, 94; The organisation of the Games. KL Palaeologos, 109; The preparation of the athletes. Kl. Palaeologos, 120; Rules of the competitions. Kl. Palaeologos, 127; An Olympiad. Kl. Palaeologos, 135; Honours conferred on the victors. M. Pentazou, 142; Athletics and Poetry. J. Kakridis, 142; Athletics and Art. M. Andronicos, 150; THE EVENTS, 163; Running. Kl. Palaeologos, 165; Jumping. Kl. Palaeologos, 184; The Discus. Kl. Palaeologos, 196; The Javelin. Kl. Palaeologos, 204; Wrestling. Kl. Palaeologos, 210; The Pentathlon. Kl. Palaeologos, 222; Boxing. Kl. Palaeologos, 224; The Pankration. KL Palaeologos, 234; Equestrian Events. Kl. Palaeologos, 241; Others Sports and Games. Th. Karagiorga-Stathakopoulou, 252; Famous Athletes in Ancient Greece. Kl. Palaeologos, 276; SPORT IN THE HELLENISTIC AND ROMAN PERIODS, 287; The development of sport in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. B. Kyrkos, 289; List of Illustrations, 301.