Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History

Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History

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This book is a comprehensive examination of Olympic victor lists. The origins, development, content, and structure of Olympic victor lists are explored and explained, and a number of important questions, such as the source and reliability of the year of 776 for the first Olympics, are addressed. Olympic victor lists emerge as a clearly defined type of literature that is best understood as a group of closely related texts. This book offers a fresh perspective on works by familiar writers such as Diodorus Siculus and a sense of the potential importance of less-well-known authors such as Phlegon of Tralleis.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 598 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 40.64mm | 907.18g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, map
  • 0521866340
  • 9780521866347
  • 1,800,841

Review quote

As a work of scholarship, the book is impressively thorough...For a student or scholar who ishes to wade into the murky waters of ancient chronography, Christesen provides a challenging, but on the whole useful, guide." --New England Classical Journal

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Table of contents

1. An introduction to Olympic victor lists; 2. Hippias of Elis and the first Olympic victor list; 3. Olympionikon Anangraphai and standard catalogs of Olympic victors; 4. Olympiad chronographies; 5. Olympiad chronicles; 6. Conclusion.

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About Paul Christesen

Paul Christesen is Assistant Professor of classics at Dartmouth College.

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