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 geared up contests of the Roman international, Miller has compiled a trove of historic 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 woman physique construction. With absolutely two times as many texts because the hugely winning first version, this new edition of Arete deals 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, supply unheard of insights into historical athletic practices and aggressive gala's. They emphasize the basic function of athletics in schooling and make clear such concerns because the position of girls in athletics and the politics and economics of the video games. eventually they display that the suggestions of advantage, ability, satisfaction, 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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Then they would have wrestled a third time, but Achilles stood up and called to them to stop: "Wrestle no more now! Don't wear yourselves out and get hurt! You are both winners. " Page 11 So he spoke, and they listened to him and obeyed, and wiped off the dust and put on their clothes. Now Achilles set out prizes for the footrace: a silver mixing bowl, a work of art, which held only six measures but surpassed all others in its loveliness. This Achilles made the prize for the fastest runner, in memory of his comrade.

Pankration: 3031 36 e. Pentathlon: 3246 39 f. Equestrian: 4752 50 g. Music: 5355 58 h. Poetry and Prose Composition: 5657 59 i. Acting: 58 61 j. Painting: 59 62 IV. Organization of a Panhellenic Festival 63 a. Preparations at the Site: 6064 63 b. The Truce: 6567 68 c. Schedule: 6869 69 d. Heats and Pairings: 7072 70 e. Prohibitions and Penalties: 7376 72 f. Officials: 7780 74 g. Victory Prizes: 8183 75 V. Local Festivals 79 The Panathenaic Games: 8485 79 VI. The Role of the Games in Society: 8695 85 Page vi VII.

45 drachmas. 88. 00 in our terms. This rate of exchange yields 1. This is the highest average usual price as cited by D. C. Young, The Olympic Myth of Greek Amateur Athletics (Chicago 1984) 116, n. 13, but Young cites extraordinary examples of prices as high as 55 drachmas per amphora. I cannot, therefore, be entirely comfortable with the figures I have derived even though I believe in the validity of the basic method. One might note that my dollar equivalents are now about 2 1/2 times greater than in the original edition of Arete.

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