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Arete [electronic resource] : Greek sports from ancient sources /
Stephen G. Miller, editor.
edition
3rd and expanded ed.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004.
description
xiii, 233 p. : ill.
ISBN
0520241541
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004.
isbn
0520241541
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11947268
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
Main Description
From the informal games of Homer's time to the highly organized contests of the Roman world, Miller has compileda 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.
Long Description
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 clay dust as an anti-perspirant and on the buying and selling of victories, Vitruvius on literary competitions, Xenophon on female body building. With fully twice as many texts as the highly successful first edition, this new version ofAreteoffers readers an absorbing lesson in the culture of Greek athletics from the greatest of teachers--the ancients themselves. These sources, which Miller himself has translated, provide unparalleled insights into ancient athletic practices and competitive festivals. They emphasize the fundamental role of athletics in education and shed light on such issues as the role of women in athletics and the politics and economics of the games. Ultimately they demonstrate that the concepts of virtue, skill, pride, valor, and nobility embedded in the wordareteand so closely associated in the modern mind with Greek athletics are only part of the story from antiquity.
Short Annotation
Third and expanded edition of this classic work of scholarship on the sports of ancient Greece.
Bowker Data Service Summary
From the informal games of Homer's time to the highly organised contests of the Roman world, Miller has compiled a trove of ancient sources, including Plutarch on boxing, Aristotle on the pentathlon & Xenophon on female body building.
Table of Contents
Abbreviationsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
The Earliest Days of Greek Athleticsp. 1
Nudity and Equipmentp. 16
The Events at a Competitionp. 23
Organization of a Panhellenic Festivalp. 63
Local Festivalsp. 81
The Role of the Games in Societyp. 89
Women in Athleticsp. 105
Athletes and Heroesp. 111
Ball Playingp. 120
Gymnasion, Athletics, and Educationp. 126
The Spread of Greek Athletics in the Hellenistic Periodp. 153
Greek Athletics in the Roman Periodp. 160
Amateurism and Professionalismp. 165
Nationalism and Internationalismp. 181
Beauty and Realityp. 192
Appendixp. 201
Select Bibliographyp. 203
Index and Glossaryp. 209
Sources for the Chapter-Opening Sketchesp. 235
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