Arete : Greek Sports from Ancient Sources

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From the informal games of Homer's time to the highly organized contests of the Roman world, Miller has compiled a trove of ancient sources: Plutarch on boxing, Aristotle on the pentathlon, Philostratos on the buying and selling of victories, Vitruvius on literary competitions, and Xenophon on female body building. Arete offers readers an absorbing lesson in the culture of Greek athletics from the greatest of teachers, the ancients themselves, and demonstrates that the concepts of virtue, skill, pride, valor, and nobility embedded in the word arete are only part of the story from antiquity. This bestselling volume on the culture of Greek athletics is updated with a new preface by leading scholar Paul Christesen that discusses the book's continued importance for students of ancient more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0520274334
  • 9780520274334
  • 1,138,237

About Stephen G. Miller

Stephen G. Miller is Professor of Classical Archaeology Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Paul Christesen is Associate Professor of Classics at Dartmouth more

Table of contents

Abbreviations Foreword Introduction I. The Earliest Days of Greek Athletics II. Nudity and Equipment III. The Events at a Competition a. Running b. Wrestling c. Boxing d. Pankration e. Pentathlon f. Equestrian g. Herald and Trumpeter h. Music i. Poetry and Prose Composition j. Acting k. Painting IV. Organization of a Panhellenic Festival a. Preparations at the Site b. Preparations of the Athletes c. The Truce d. Preliminaries: Registration and Certification e. Schedule, Heats, and Pairings f. Prohibitions and Penalties g. Officials h. Rewards for Victory V. Local Festivals a. The Panathenaic Games of Athens b. The Eleutheria of Larissa in Thessaly c. The Bomonikai of Sparta VI. The Role of the Games in Society VII. Women in Athletics VIII. Athletes and Heroes IX. Ball playing X. Gymnasion, Athletics, and Education XI. The Spread of Greek Athletics in the Hellenistic Period XII. Greek Athletics in the Roman Period XIII. Amateurism and Professionalism XIV. Nationalism and Internationalism a. Relations between the Panhellenic Sanctuaries b. Relations between City-States and the Panhellenic Sanctuaries c. Relations between City-States at the Panhellenic Sanctuaries XV. Beauty and Reality Appendix: The Olympian and Pythian Programs Select Bibliography Index and Glossary Sources for the Chapter-Opening Sketchesshow more

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"A remarkable compendium of ancient sources ... An invaluable resource for the study of Greek sport ... What Miller's Arete does extremely well is to show that 'nearly almost every aspect of athletics we know today existed already in that distant but kindred world'" The European Legacyshow more