A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World 1. Aufl.
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
List of Figures ix List of Maps and Plans xiii Notes on Contributors xv Acknowledgments xxi General Introduction 1Paul Christesen and Donald G. Kyle Section I Greece 17 Part I T he Background 19 1 Greek Athletic Competitions: The Ancient Olympics and More 21Donald G. Kyle 2 Sport in the Aegean Bronze Age 36Jeremy Rutter 3 Sport in the Early Iron Age and Homeric Epic 53Timothy P. J. Perry 4 Representations of Sport in Greek Literature 68Nigel Nicholson 5 Picturing Victory: Representations of Sport in Greek Art 81Jenifer Neils 6 Inscriptions as Evidence for Greek Sport 98H. W. Pleket 7 Recent Trends in the Study of Greek Sport 112Ingomar Weiler Part II Places 131 8 Panhellenic Athletics at Olympia 133Thomas Heine Nielsen 9 Sport and Society in Sparta 146Paul Christesen 10 Sport, Society, and Politics in Athens 159Donald G. Kyle 11 Athletic Festivals in the Northern Peloponnese and Central Greece 176David Gilman Romano 12 Sport and Society in the Greek West 192Carla M. Antonaccio Part III People, Settings, Ideas 209 13 Sport and Democratization in Ancient Greece (with an Excursus on Athletic Nudity) 211Paul Christesen 14 Growing Up with Greek Sport: Education and Athletics 236Werner Petermandl 15 Eros and Greek Sport 246Andrew Lear 16 Greek Female Sport: Rites, Running, and Racing 258Donald G. Kyle 17 People on the Fringes of Greek Sport 276Christian Mann 18 The Greek Stadium as a Reflection of a Changing Society 287Stephen G. Miller 19 The Social Life of Greek Athletic Facilities (other than Stadia) 295Michael Scott 20 The Role of Religion in Greek Sport 309Sarah C. Murray 21 Ancient Critics of Greek Sport 320Zinon Papakonstantinou 22 Sport, Spectacle, and Society in Ancient Macedonia 332Winthrop Lindsay Adams Part IV Later Greek Sport and Spectacle 347 23 Greek Sport in Egypt: Status Symbol and Lifestyle 349Sofie Remijsen 24 Sport in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor 364H. W. Pleket Section II Rome 377 Part I The Background 379 25 Overview of Roman Spectacle 381Roger Dunkle 26 Etruscan Sport 395Giampiero Bevagna 27 Writing Arenas: Roman Authors and Their Games 412Zara Martirosova Torlone 28 Representations of Spectacle and Sport in Roman Art 422Steven L. Tuck 29 Material Evidence for Roman Spectacle and Sport 438Gregory S. Aldrete 30 Trends in the Study of Roman Spectacle and Sport 451Jerry Toner Part II Spectacles and Sport in Rome 463 31 Gladiatorial Combat as Alluring Spectacle 465Garrett G. Fagan 32 Women with Swords: Female Gladiators in the Roman World 478Stephen Brunet 33 Roman Chariot Racing: Charioteers, Factions, Spectators 492Sinclair Bell 34 Roman Beast Hunts 505Chris Epplett 35 Spectacular Executions in the Roman World 520Chris Epplett 36 Greek Sports in Rome 533Hugh M. Lee Part III People, Settings, Ideas 543 37 Amphitheaters in the Roman World 545Hazel Dodge 38 Venues for Spectacle and Sport (other than Amphitheaters) in the Roman World 561Hazel Dodge 39 People on the Margins of Roman Spectacle 578Rose MacLean 40 Religion and Roman Spectacle 590John Zaleski 41 Ancient Critics of Roman Spectacle and Sport 603Kathryn Mammel Part IV Later Roman Spectacle and Sport 617 42 Romanization through Spectacle in the Greek East 619Michael J. Carter 43 Spectacle and Sport in Constantinople in the Sixth Century ce 633David Alan Parnell Index 646
“This volume of forty-three essays is a superb introduction to the study of sport and spectacle in Greece and Rome . . .This companion will be a great addition to anyone’s library, whether they are scholars of sport and spectacle or general readers interested in life in ancient Greece and Rome.” (Phoenix, 1 June 2015)
Paul Christesen is Professor of Classics at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History (2007), Sport and Democracy in the Ancient and Modern Worlds (2012), and numerous articles and chapters on Greek historiography, ancient Greek history, and ancient sport. Donald G. Kyle is Professor and former Chair of History at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the author of Athletics in Ancient Athens (1987), Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome (1998), Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World (Wiley Blackwell, 2007), and numerous articles and chapters on ancient sport history.
A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity presents a series of original essays that apply a socio-historical perspective to myriad aspects of ancient sport. Featuring contributions from a wide range of international scholars in various Classical antiquity disciplines, readings focus on the status and roles of participants, organizers, and spectators while addressing such themes as class, gender, ethnicity, religion, violence, and more. Introductory essays on the historiography of Greek and Roman sport are followed by specialized readings relating to Greek sports in specific locales such as Athens and Sparta. Subsequent readings relating to the Roman Empire focus on sport and spectacle in the city of Rome and in various Roman cities and provinces. Distinctions between “sport” and “spectacle” are examined and understanding sport and spectacle as part of a broader social canvas, rather than isolated activities, is emphasized. Offering a wealth of insights to our current understanding of the role of sport and spectacle in the ancient world, A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity represents an invaluable scholarly contribution to ancient sport studies.
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