Eros and Greek Athletics

Eros and Greek Athletics

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Greek athletics offers a window on many important aspects of ancient culture. Thomas F. Scanlon's overview of Greek athletics explores when and how athletics was linked with religion, upbringing, gender, sexuality, and social values in an evolution from Homer until the Roman period.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 476 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 31.75mm | 671g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195138899
  • 9780195138894

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Greek Athletics and Religion; 3. The Ecumenical Olympics: The Games in the Roman Era; 4. Athletics, Initiation, and Pederasty; 5. Racing for Hera: A Girls' Contest at Olympia; 6. "Only We Produce Men": Spartan Female Athletics and Eugenics; 7. Race or Chase of "the Bears" at Brauron?; 8. Atalanta and Athletic Myths of Gender; 9. Eros and Greek Athletics; 10. Drama, Death, and Desire in Athletic Performance; 11. Conclusions
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Scanlon's excellent new study of the sexual dimension in Greek sport ... Thomas Scanlon's richly informative book represents a culmination of a lifetime's study of ancient athletics. Erich Segal, Times Literary Supplement Far exceeds its announced subject to become ... "a comprehensive overview of the function of athletics in Greek society." ... Throughout this in-depth survey, Scanlon treats the evidence thoroughly and judiciously. Frequent summaries keep the reader focused on the forest ... a trove of bibliography and insights into most aspects of athletics in Greek culture. Most importantly, Scanlon has enriched our understanding of Eros, that most potent force in every culture. Wm. Blake Tyrrell, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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