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The pentathlon of the ancient world /
Frank Zarnowski.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers, [2013], c2013
description
viii, 208 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0786467835 (softcover : alk. paper), 9780786467839 (softcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers, [2013], c2013
isbn
0786467835 (softcover : alk. paper)
9780786467839 (softcover : alk. paper)
abstract
"This exploration of the ancient pentathlon explores the nature of the spectacle, the method of determining a victor, the five sub-events, and the order in which they occurred. It chronicles the event's history, its champions, ancient pentathletes, and modern Olympic history and its influence on its counterpart, the decathalon. A record book and glossary complete this look"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
9085908
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-202) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
nFrank Zarnowski is a visiting professor of economics at Dartmouth College and was previously dean of the Graduate Program of Business at Mount St. Mary's College, Maryland. He has been a television sports commentator since 1983 and was an NBC analyst for both the 1992 and 2004 Olympic Games.
Summaries
Main Description
The pentathlon, comprising competition in the discus, javelin, long jump, sprint, and wrestling, was hailed as the ultimate test of athletic versatility and remained a staple of the ancient Greek Olympic Games, Crown Games and Pan-Hellenic festivals for 1,200 years. Still, there is little scholarly consensus over many major aspects of the event. This detailed exploration of the ancient pentathlon discusses the nature of the spectacle, the method of determining a victor, the five sub-events and the order in which they occurred. It also chronicles the history of the event and its champions, the recognition of ancient pentathletes, and the pentathlon's 18-year modern Olympic history and its influence on its contemporary counterpart, the decathlon. A record book and glossary complete this fresh look at one of the ancient world's most renowned sporting competitions.
Main Description
The pentathlon, comprising competition in the discus, javelin, long jump, sprint, and wrestling, was hailed as the ultimate test of athletic versatility and remained a staple of the ancient Greek Olympic Games, Crown Games and Pan-Hellenic festivals for 1,200 years. Still, there is little scholarly consensus over many major aspects of the event. This detailed exploration of the ancient pentathlon explores the nature of the spectacle, the method of determining a victor, the five sub-events of which the pentathlon is composed, and the order in which they occurred. It also chronicles the history of the event and its champions, the recognition of ancient pentathletes, and considers the event's 18-year modern Olympic history and its influence on its contemporary counterpart, the decathalon. A record book and glossary complete this fresh look at one of the ancient world's most renowned sporting competitions.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
Historical Timelinep. 5
Introductionp. 9
The Pentathlon
The Nature and Origin of the Eventp. 13
Orchestrating the Pentathlonp. 24
How the Winner Was Determinedp. 33
The Events
The Discusp. 43
The Jumpp. 52
The Javelinp. 62
The Sprintp. 69
Wrestlingp. 80
A History of the Event
The Story of the Ancient Pentathlonp. 85
Winners, Recognition and Reward
The Creation of a Pentathlon Record Book and Registerp. 109
Pentathlon Statues of Ancient Greecep. 122
Extant Pentathlon Odesp. 126
Rewards for Pentathlon Victorsp. 139
The Ancient Pentathlon and Modern Track and Field
Return of the Ancient Pentathlonp. 147
Why the Ancient Pentathlon Mattersp. 158
Order of Events in Ancient Pentathlon by a Sampling of Modern Writersp. 165
Order of Modern Track and Field Combined Eventsp. 167
Summary of Modern Scholars' Opinions on How the Winner Was Determinedp. 169
Number of Possible Ancient Pentathlonsp. 172
Odysseus the Athletep. 174
Pentathlon Victor Statues at Olympiap. 176
Glossary of Termsp. 179
Glossary of Greek Writersp. 182
Notesp. 183
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 203
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