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A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity

A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity

Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle

ISBN: 978-1-118-61005-3

Nov 2013

680 pages

$165.99

Description

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 1
Paul Christesen and Donald G. Kyle

Section I Greece 17

Part I T he Background 19

1 Greek Athletic Competitions: The Ancient Olympics and More 21
Donald G. Kyle

2 Sport in the Aegean Bronze Age 36
Jeremy Rutter

3 Sport in the Early Iron Age and Homeric Epic 53
Timothy P. J. Perry

4 Representations of Sport in Greek Literature 68
Nigel Nicholson

5 Picturing Victory: Representations of Sport in Greek Art 81
Jenifer Neils

6 Inscriptions as Evidence for Greek Sport 98
H. W. Pleket

7 Recent Trends in the Study of Greek Sport 112
Ingomar Weiler

Part II Places 131

8 Panhellenic Athletics at Olympia 133
Thomas Heine Nielsen

9 Sport and Society in Sparta 146
Paul Christesen

10 Sport, Society, and Politics in Athens 159
Donald G. Kyle

11 Athletic Festivals in the Northern Peloponnese and Central Greece 176
David Gilman Romano

12 Sport and Society in the Greek West 192
Carla M. Antonaccio

Part III People, Settings, Ideas 209

13 Sport and Democratization in Ancient Greece (with an Excursus on Athletic Nudity) 211
Paul Christesen

14 Growing Up with Greek Sport: Education and Athletics 236
Werner Petermandl

15 Eros and Greek Sport 246
Andrew Lear

16 Greek Female Sport: Rites, Running, and Racing 258
Donald G. Kyle

17 People on the Fringes of Greek Sport 276
Christian Mann

18 The Greek Stadium as a Reflection of a Changing Society 287
Stephen G. Miller

19 The Social Life of Greek Athletic Facilities (other than Stadia) 295
Michael Scott

20 The Role of Religion in Greek Sport 309
Sarah C. Murray

21 Ancient Critics of Greek Sport 320
Zinon Papakonstantinou

22 Sport, Spectacle, and Society in Ancient Macedonia 332
Winthrop Lindsay Adams

Part IV Later Greek Sport and Spectacle 347

23 Greek Sport in Egypt: Status Symbol and Lifestyle 349
Sofie Remijsen

24 Sport in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor 364
H. W. Pleket

Section II Rome 377

Part I The Background 379

25 Overview of Roman Spectacle 381
Roger Dunkle

26 Etruscan Sport 395
Giampiero Bevagna

27 Writing Arenas: Roman Authors and Their Games 412
Zara Martirosova Torlone

28 Representations of Spectacle and Sport in Roman Art 422
Steven L. Tuck

29 Material Evidence for Roman Spectacle and Sport 438
Gregory S. Aldrete

30 Trends in the Study of Roman Spectacle and Sport 451
Jerry Toner

Part II Spectacles and Sport in Rome 463

31 Gladiatorial Combat as Alluring Spectacle 465
Garrett G. Fagan

32 Women with Swords: Female Gladiators in the Roman World 478
Stephen Brunet

33 Roman Chariot Racing: Charioteers, Factions, Spectators 492
Sinclair Bell

34 Roman Beast Hunts 505
Chris Epplett

35 Spectacular Executions in the Roman World 520
Chris Epplett

36 Greek Sports in Rome 533
Hugh M. Lee

Part III People, Settings, Ideas 543

37 Amphitheaters in the Roman World 545
Hazel Dodge

38 Venues for Spectacle and Sport (other than Amphitheaters) in the Roman World 561
Hazel Dodge

39 People on the Margins of Roman Spectacle 578
Rose MacLean

40 Religion and Roman Spectacle 590
John Zaleski

41 Ancient Critics of Roman Spectacle and Sport 603
Kathryn Mammel

Part IV Later Roman Spectacle and Sport 617

42 Romanization through Spectacle in the Greek East 619
Michael J. Carter

43 Spectacle and Sport in Constantinople in the Sixth Century ce 633
David 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)