Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources by Stephen G. Miller, Paul Christesen

By Stephen G. Miller, Paul Christesen

From the casual video games of Homer's time to the hugely equipped contests of the Roman global, Miller has compileda trove of historic assets: Plutarch on boxing, Aristotle at the pentathlon, Philostratos at the trading of victories, Vitruvius on literary competitions, and Xenophon on woman physique construction. With approximately 50 percentage extra texts than the hugely winning moment version, this new edition of Arete bargains readers an soaking up lesson within the tradition of Greek athletics from the best of academics, the ancients themselves, and demonstrates that the ideas of advantage, ability, satisfaction, valor, and the Aristocracy embedded within the observe arete are just a part of the tale from antiquity. Illustrations: 15 line illustrations

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They are jumping up from their seats and shouting, some waving their hands, some leaping from the ground, and others are slapping one another on the back. His astonishing feat has left the spectators beside themselves. Who is so stolid as not to shriek aloud at this athlete? This present accomplishment surpasses his already great record of two previous victories at Olympia, for this one has cost his life and he departs for the land of the blessed with the dust still on him. But do not think that this is accidental, for he planned his victory very cleverly.

42 Plutarch, Moralia 38B ca. d. 100 In the midst of a discussion about the sense of hearing comes the following statement: Xenokrates [ca. ] urged that amphotidai be fastened on children rather than on athletes because athletes may have their ears disfigured by blows, but children have their characters disfigured by words. 43 Philostratos, On Gymnastics 57 ca. d. 230 A korykos should be suspended for boxers, but even more for those who are students of the pankration. The korykos for the boxers should be lightweight because the hands of the boxer are trained only for sparring, but the korykos for the pankratiasts should be heavier and bigger, so that they can practice keeping their balance withstanding the onslaught of the korykos, and so that they can exercise their shoulders and fingers against some resistance.

Before leaving for Marathon and while they were still in Athens, the generals sent a messenger to Sparta, one Philippides, an Athenian who was also a hemerodromos who was used to doing this sort of thing. According to him, as he reported to the Athenians later, Pan appeared to him on Mt. Parthenion above Tegea. Pan called out his name and ordered Philippides to ask the Athenians why they paid no honors to him, even though he was well-intentioned toward them, and had been helpful to them many times in the past, and would be so again in the future.

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