By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
A significant other to activity and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a sequence of essays that practice a socio-historical viewpoint to myriad elements of historic recreation and spectacle.
Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
Includes contributions from a variety of foreign students with a variety of Classical antiquity specialties
Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to envision recreation in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
Features quite a few illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and a close index to extend accessibility and support researchers
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Christian Mann’s Chapter 17 details the activities, attendance, and agendas of diverse groups on the margins of Greek sport. He looks carefully at officials in charge of running athletic contests, particularly the Hellanodikai at Olympia, and at people such as jockeys, chariot drivers, coaches, trainers, musicians, and spectators who played important supporting roles at Greek athletic contests. He also explores the role of slaves in Greek sport and finds that social and legal barriers effectively prevented them from being active participants, with the caveat that those barriers seem to have eroded somewhat in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
He discusses selected major contributions, emphasizes publications in English, and leaves aside the modern reception and revival of the ancient Olympics. The large number of publications on which Weiler touches, and the range of places and languages in which they appeared, is a vivid demonstration of the vibrancy of ancient sport history as a field of study and the international appeal of this subject. In Chapter 8 Thomas Heine Nielsen discusses the sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia and the operation of the Olympic Games.
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A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman antiquity by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle