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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 140 x 228 x 38mm | 919.99g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 110741069X
  • 9781107410695
  • 2,092,660

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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 Journalshow more

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.show more