A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle

By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle

A spouse to game and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity offers a chain of essays that observe a socio-historical viewpoint to myriad elements of historical recreation and spectacle.
Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
Includes contributions from more than a few overseas students with a number of Classical antiquity specialties
Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to envision game in towns and territories during the Mediterranean basin
Features a number of illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and an in depth index to extend accessibility and help researchers

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Boxers battered each other until one was knocked out or admitted defeat by raising his index finger. 53). 6). The pankration was a brutal free-for-all combining wrestling and boxing, with few rules (Poliakoff 1987: 54–63). Only gouging and biting were prohibited; punching, kicking, choking, and blows to the genitals were not. Like boxing, matches went on until someone raised his finger and gave up, was incapacitated, or died. With notions of “all or nothing” and “win at all costs,” combat sports entailed a tension between the desire to win and the risk of injury or death (Scanlon 2002: 274–322).

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Conspicuous with their purple robes and forked sticks, the judges could expel, fine, or scourge athletes for cheating or lying. They paired opponents, assigned lanes or byes using lots, identified victors, and awarded prize wreaths. The judges’ 26 Donald G. Kyle ­ ecisions were absolute and irrevocable. As Stephen Miller points out (2004a: 19, 232–3), d ­winners were chosen by what he calls objective criteria – prizes were given to whomever crossed the line first or forced his opponent to submit rather than by the more subjective criteria used in dance and musical events.

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