By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
A spouse to game and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a sequence of essays that observe a socio-historical viewpoint to myriad elements of historical game and spectacle.
- Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
- Includes contributions from a variety of overseas students with a variety of Classical antiquity specialties
- Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to ascertain game in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
- Features quite a few illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and an in depth index to extend accessibility and support researchers
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1 Sites of the periodos games. Greek males and attracted visitors from a geographically diverse array of Greek communities. It does not, however, mean that Olympia or other Panhellenic sanctuaries such as Delphi were havens of peace and harmony (Scott 2010: 256–64). 4–6). 3). As the sponsor of the games, Elis had headquarters for these officials and also training facilities for athletes. 43). 1–4). ) At Elis, as in their prior training at home at their local gymnasion (gymnasium, a place for exercising nude) or palaistra (wrestling school), and in the upcoming games at Olympia, all gymnic athletes (but not equestrians) had to be completely nude.
7). When Leon appealed to the Olympic Council (an Eleian governmental body), the biased judges were fined but Eupolemos’s win stood. 4–5). Thereafter, no Eleian could both judge and compete in an equestrian event. ) At Olympia there were only individual, first-place victors, and they received only a wreath of olive leaves from the judges and bunches of foliage and fillets (wool ribbons) from admiring spectators. For each winner there were far more losers, and there was little dignity in defeat.
The bloody wreckage in this race is worthy of the Roman circus, but this poetic account was credible – and entertaining – to Greeks in the fifth century. 7,000 meters) long. Slender, youthful jockeys, bareback with no saddle or stirrups but with goads and spurs, are sometimes depicted nude but may not have ridden so. Again, despite the risks and their age, these riders “won” only for their owners. In time Olympia adjusted to more diversified equestrian events. Perhaps under Sicilian influence, the mule-cart race (apene) and a mare or dismounting race (kalpe or anabates) were introduced in 500 and 496 but discontinued by 444.
A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman antiquity by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle