Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History

Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History

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By (author) Paul Christesen

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 600 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 228mm x 38mm | 920g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 110741069X
  • ISBN 13: 9781107410695
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,167,135

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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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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

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.