Ancient Greek Athletics

Ancient Greek Athletics

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The earliest Olympic games began more than twenty-five-hundred years ago. What were they like, how were they organized, who participated? Were ancient sports a means of preparing youth for warfare? In this lavishly illustrated book, a world expert on ancient Greek athletics provides the first comprehensive introduction to the subject, vividly describing ancient sporting events and games and exploring their impact on art, literature, and politics. Using a wide array of ancient sources, written and visual, and including recent archaeological discoveries, Stephen Miller reconstructs ancient Greek athletic festivals and the details of specific athletic events. He also explores broader themes, including the role of women in ancient athletics, the place of amateurism, and the relationship between athletic events and social and political life. Published in the year the modern Olympic Games return to Athens, this book will be a source of information and enjoyment for anyone interested in the history of athletics and the origins of the world's most famous sporting more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 17.78mm | 657.71g
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven, United States
  • English
  • 221 b&w + 71 colour illustrations
  • 0300115296
  • 9780300115291
  • 599,984

About Stephen G. Miller

Stephen G. Miller, professor of classical archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, directs the excavations at Nemea in Greece, one of the major sites of ancient games. He is the author of many books, including Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient more

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"Concise yet comprehensive... the crowning glory of a lifetime's work in the field" James Davidson, Daily Telegraph "Excellently documented and marvellously illustrated" Times Literary Supplement "Miller proves that a good scholar can write clearly and be engaging about specialised research without prostituting scholarship for entertainment." History Today "The finest, most complete, and most useful account of ancient Greek athletics that I have seen." Donald Kagan, author of The Peloponnesian War "Everyone interested in sports will want to own this book, which is a lucid introduction to ancient athletics." Mary Lefkowitz, author of Greek Gods, Human Lives "A beautiful, informative book. Miller... brings the ancient Greek athletic festivals to life." Scientific American "This book will serve as the locus classicus for the history of sport in ancient Greece." Jenifer Neils, Odyssey"show more