Cult, Sport, and Ancient Festival

Author: Ulrich Sinn

Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers

ISBN: 9781558762404

Category: Social Science

Page: 149

View: 4724

In antiquity Olympia stood for sports. A victory at the Olympic games led to lifelong honours and often to a political career and wealth. Alcibiades, a multifaceted politician from Athens, sponsored all seven chariots in a race to guarantee that one of his horses would definitely win and he would get the honour. Alexander the Great and other kings and emperors, as well as wealthy and powerful men and women, financed the games by erecting religious and civic monuments. Olympia's monuments are associated with the best-known artists of its time. The Zeus temple became one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Olympia also had an oracle, which was another major tourist attraction. Numerous ancient sources provide lively reports about Olympia: activities in the sports arenas, the rites of the games, the reactions of the visitors. They also detail sometimes unpleasant daily realities: the crowds, the dust, the heat and the thirst.

Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World

Author: Donald G. Kyle

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118613805

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 4033

The second edition of Sport and Spectacle in the AncientWorld updates Donald G. Kyle’s award-winning introductionto this topic, covering the Ancient Near East up to the late RomanEmpire. • Challenges traditional scholarship on sport andspectacle in the Ancient World and debunks claims that there wereno sports before the ancient Greeks • Explores the cultural exchange of Greek sport and Romanspectacle and how each culture responded to the other’sentertainment • Features a new chapter on sport and spectacle during theLate Roman Empire, including Christian opposition to pagan gamesand the Roman response • Covers topics including violence, professionalism insport, class, gender and eroticism, and the relationship ofspectacle to political structures

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World

Author: David Sacks,Oswyn Murray,Lisa R. Brody

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438110200

Category: History

Page: 433

View: 1312

Discusses the people, places and events found in over 2,000 years of Greek civilization.

A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity

Author: Paul Christesen,Donald G. Kyle

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444339524

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 680

View: 7369

A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity presents a series of essays that apply a socio-historical perspective to myriad aspects of ancient sport and spectacle. Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire Includes contributions from a range of international scholars with various Classical antiquity specialties Goes beyond the usual concentrations on Olympia and Rome to examine sport in cities and territories throughout the Mediterranean basin Features a variety of illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, internal cross-referencing, and a detailed index to increase accessibility and assist researchers

International Sport: A Bibliography, 2000

An Index to Sports History Journals, Conference Proceedings and Essay Collections

Author: Richard William Cox

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135293090

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 200

View: 8208

There has been an explosion in the quantity of sports history literature published in recent years, making it increasingly difficult to keep abreast of developments. The annual number of publications has increased from around 250 to 1,000 a year over the last decade. This is due in part to the fact that during the late 1980s and 90s, many clubs, leagues and governing bodies of sport have celebrated their centenaries and produced histories to mark this occasion and commemorate their achievements. It is also the result of the growing popularity and realisation of the importance of sport history research within academe. This international bibliography of books, articles, conference proceedings and essays in the English language is a one-stop for the sports historian to know what is new.

Onward to the Olympics

Historical Perspectives on the Olympic Games

Author: Gerald P. Schaus,Stephen R. Wenn

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 1554587794

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 408

View: 1494

The Olympic Games have had two lives—the first lasted for a millennium with celebrations every four years at Olympia to honour the god Zeus. The second has blossomed over the past century, from a simple start in Athens in 1896 to a dazzling return to Greece in 2004. Onward to the Olympics provides both an overview and an array of insights into aspects of the Games’ history. Leading North American archaeologists and historians of sport explore the origins of the Games, compare the ancient and the modern, discuss the organization and financing of such massive athletic festivals, and examine the participation ,or the troubling lack of it, by women. Onward to the Olympics bridges the historical divide between the ancient and the modern and concludes with a thought-provoking final essay that attempts to predict the future of the Olympics over the twenty-first century.

Hellas sei Dank!

Was Europa den Griechen schuldet - Eine historische Abrechnung

Author: Karl-Wilhelm Weeber

Publisher: Siedler Verlag

ISBN: 3641081823

Category: Art

Page: 400

View: 7874

So macht Alte Geschichte Spaß: Wie viel Griechenland steckt in uns? In seinem neuen Buch rechnet Karl-Wilhelm Weeber ab – und zwar ganz im Sinne der Griechen. Denn sie waren es, die uns die Demokratie brachten, Philosophie lehrten und die Dichtkunst schenkten. Was ist schon der Euro gegen Sokrates, Alexander und Olympia? Gewohnt unterhaltsam und lehrreich zugleich erkundet Weeber die Antike und hält uns vor Augen, warum wir auch heute nicht ohne sie leben können.

La violence dans les mondes grec et romain

actes du colloque international, Paris, 2-4 mai 2002

Author: Jean-Marie Bertrand

Publisher: Publications de la Sorbonne

ISBN: 9782859445300

Category: Civilisation gréco-romaine - Congrès

Page: 467

View: 4051

Le colloque international sur la violence dans les mondes de l'Antiquité dite classique a réuni des historiens soucieux d'explorer des domaines différents mais complémentaires. Leur préoccupation a été d'abord de comprendre quelle était la représentation de la violence dans les sociétés grecque et romaine grâce à une analyse des discours produits, qu'ils aient été textes ou images. À partir de ces prémisses, ils montrent quelles normes ont structuré le système social, ils élargissent et enrichissent la place accordée à la violence intra-familiale, tout en s'inscrivant résolument dans les actuelles interrogations sur le genre. En abordant le domaine de la justice, qu'elle ait été vengeance ou recherche d'autres formes d'équilibre, les auteurs analysent la mise en relation entre la violence et le politique. Ils n'ont pas négligé bien sûr la guerre, où la violence est à la fois externe aux groupes affrontés et interne au monde des soldats, par l'effet de la brutalisation inhérente à leur pratique. Enfin la violence, qui n'est pas non plus absente des relations diplomatiques, renvoie à un des problèmes initialement posés, celui de sa mise en scène et de son institutionnalisation.


Kult, Sport und Feste in der Antike

Author: Ulrich Sinn

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406403392

Category: Archaeology

Page: 123

View: 6505

Olympia genoss bereits in der Antike höchsten Ruhm als Heiligtum, Ort der Weissagung und Wettkampfstätte. Wie seine politische, kultische und sportliche Entwicklung verlief und welche Bauwerke sich vom Altertum bis in die Gegenwart erhalten haben, wird in dem vorliegenden Werk beschrieben.

Olympische Spiele

Author: Andreas Höfer

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sports

Page: 416

View: 6971



Zeitschrift für Sport und Kultur im Altertum

Author: Wolfgang Decker

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sports

Page: N.A

View: 385


The Olympics and Philosophy

Author: Heather L. Reid,Michael W. Austin

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813140714

Category: Philosophy

Page: 308

View: 6295

It is said the champions of the ancient Olympic Games received a crown of olive leaves, symbolizing a divine blessing from Nike, the winged goddess of victory. While the mythology of the ancient games has come to exemplify the highest political, religious, community, and individual ideals of the time, the modern Olympic Games, by comparison, are widely known as an international, bi-annual sporting event where champions have the potential to earn not only glory for their country, but lucrative endorsement deals and the perks of worldwide fame. The Olympics and Philosophy examines the Olympic Movement from a variety of theoretical perspectives to uncover the connection between athleticism and philosophy for a deeper appreciation of the Olympic Pillars of Sport, Environment, and Culture. While today's Olympic champions are neither blessed by the gods nor rewarded with wreaths of olive, the original spirit and ancient ideals of the Olympic Movement endure in its modern embodiment. Editors Heather L. Reid and Michael W. Austin have assembled a team of international scholars to explore topics such as the concept of excellence, ethics, doping, gender, and race. Interweaving ancient and modern Olympic traditions, The Olympics and Philosophy considers the philosophical implications of the Games' intersection with historical events and modern controversy in a unique analysis of tradition and the future of the Olympiad.

Kunst und Liturgie Im Mittelalter

Akten Des Internationalen Kongresses Der Bibliotheca Hertziana und Des Nederlands Instituut Te Rome, Rom. 28.-30. September 1997

Author: Nicolas Bock,Nederlands Instituut te Rome

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art, Medieval

Page: 247

View: 894


Games and Sanctuaries in Ancient Greece

Olympia, Delphi, Isthmia, Nemea, Athens

Author: Panos Valavanēs

Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 447

View: 4797

As religious rituals, rites of passage, and celebrations of the body, athletics were deeply woven into the fabric of ancient Greek life. Modeled after physical exercises and competitions that existed in earlier Near Eastern cultures, hundreds of athletic contests were held throughout the ancient Greek world. In the eighth century B.C., the games held at Olympia began to surpass all others in their fame and glory and gave rise to a sporting tradition that engages and enthralls the world to this day. Published to coincide with the return of the Olympics to Greece in 2004, this thoroughly researched book studies sport in ancient Greece over a span of a millennium and a half-from the earliest mentions of athletics in Homer'sIliadand other literary sources, through the Classical age, and into the Hellenistic, Roman, and late antique periods. With more than five hundred illustrations, the book tours the monumental stadiums, bathhouses, temples, and other structures built to host the athletic events and to house the wealth of art created to pay tribute to the athletes, gods, and heroes of the games.


Selected Papers and Discussions from the Tenth Anniversary Symposium of the Norwegian Institute at Athens, 12-16 May 1999

Author: Michael Wedde

Publisher: N.A


Category: Civilization, Mycenaean

Page: 303

View: 6988


Sport and festival in the ancient Greek world

Author: David J. Phillips,David Pritchard

Publisher: Classical Pr of Wales


Category: History

Page: 416

View: 9479

This collection of sixteen thematically linked articles was inspired by the Sydney Olympic Games of 2000. Its international cast includes leading authorities in the study of ancient Greek sport. It considers how sport and festival affected the ancient Greek city and how the values of athletics pervaded Greek culture. To accompany the main focus, on the ancient world, the book examines allied topics of modern culture, such as the sometimes troubled relationship between research on ancient Greek sport and the modern Olympic movement, and the question how museums may best present to a modern public the surviving Greek artefacts linked with sport.

The Cambridge Ancient History

Author: John Boardman,J. K. Davies,M. Ostwald

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521233477


Page: N.A

View: 3125


Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Early Greece, the Olympics, and contests. Volume 1

Author: Thomas F. Scanlon

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199215324

Category: History

Page: 338

View: 401

From the Minoan bull-leaping to the ancient Olympics and the enigmas of their contests, this first volume of Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds contains nine articles and chapters of enduring importance to the study of sport in ancient Greece, a field located at a crucial intersection of social history, archaeology, literature, and other aspects of Greek culture. The studies have been updated with addenda by the original authors, and two of the articles that were originally published in German or French have been translated into English here for the first time. The studies, selected for breadth and importance of historical topics, include: Greek sport in its epic, heroic, and Bronze Age origins; the ancient Olympics in its relation to religion, politics, and diversity of competitors; Greek events in track and field and equestrian events. A companion second volume complements this one with studies on the social and economic aspects of Greek sport, the role of Greek sport in the Roman era, and forms, functions and venues of Roman spectacles. The articles in both volumes offer an excellent starting point to inspire newcomers to the study of ancient sport, and to give students and scholars an informative set of models for present knowledge and future research.