Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources, Expanded edition by Stephen G. Miller

By Stephen G. Miller

From the casual video games of Homer's time to the hugely prepared contests of the Roman global, Miller has compiled a trove of historical sources--Plutarch on boxing, Aristotle at the pentathlon, Philostratos on clay dirt as an anti-perspirant and at the trading of victories, Vitruvius on literary competitions, Xenophon on girl physique development. With totally two times as many texts because the hugely winning first version, this re-creation of Arete bargains readers an soaking up lesson within the tradition of Greek athletics from the best of teachers--the ancients themselves.These assets, which Miller himself has translated, offer exceptional insights into historical athletic practices and aggressive gala's. They emphasize the basic position of athletics in schooling and make clear such matters because the function of ladies in athletics and the politics and economics of the video games. finally they show that the recommendations of advantage, ability, delight, valor, and the Aristocracy embedded within the notice arete and so heavily linked within the glossy brain with Greek athletics are just a part of the tale from antiquity.

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Wet sweat poured down, and raw places all along their ribs and shoulders broke out bright red with blood, and they continued to struggle for victory and the wrought tripod. Odysseus could not bring down Ajax nor throw him, nor could Ajax throw Odysseus, who was too strong. Gradually the Achaians began to be restless, and huge Ajax said: "Son of Laertes, either lift me, or I will lift you. " So speaking he lifted, but Odysseus did not forget his tricks. Odysseus caught him with a stroke behind the knee and threw him over backward, so that he fell on the chest of Ajax as the crowd applauded.

Amateurism and Professionalism: 146163 165 XIV. Nationalism and Internationalism: 164169 183 a. Relations between the Panhellenic Sanctuaries: 170174 186 b. Relations between City-states and the Panhellenic Sanctuaries: 175180 188 c. Relations between City-states at the Panhellenic Sanctuaries: 181185 192 XV. Our Ideal and the Reality: 186192 195 Appendix: The Olympic and Pythian Programs 203 Select Bibliography 205 Index and Glossary 207 Sources for Chapter-opening Sketches 227 Page vii Introduction The Creek word arete comes down to us inextricably connected to the athletics of ancient Greece and laden with a plethora of meanings.

Last and behind all the Page 7 others came Eumelos, dragging his lovely chariot and driving his horses before him. Seeing him, Achilles took pity and stood up among the Argives and spoke out: "The best man has come in last, but let's give him a prize as he deserves: the second prize. " So he spoke, and all agreed, and he would have given the horse to Eumelos had not Antilochos stood up to argue: "Achilles, I shall be very angry with you if you do as you suggest. You mean to take my prize away from me, thinking that even though he is a wretched driver he is a good man.

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