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Looks at the history of athletics and the Olympic games in ancient Greece through translations of extracts from key texts.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Alan Beale
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2011-09-29
File: 196 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780521138208

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Presenting a survey of sports in ancient Greece, this work describes ancient sporting events and games. It considers the role of women and amateurs in ancient athletics, and explores the impact of these games on art, literature and politics.

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Genre: Sports & Recreation
Author: Stephen Gaylord Miller
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release: 2004
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 0300115296

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Essays by John J. Herrmann Jr. and Christine Kondoleon. Foreword by Bill Littlefield.

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Genre: Art
Author: John Herrmann
Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Release: 2004
File: 201 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015059592173

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Welches waren die Ideale der Olympischen Spiele der Antike? Wie qualifizierten sich die Athleten? Warum erduldeten die Zuschauer in Olympia so raue Bedingungen? Welche Bedeutung hatte das Heiligtum fur Elis? Warum waren die Olympioniken so beruhmt? Athletika wendet sich diesen und anderen interessanten Fragen zu, mit einer detaillierten Analyse der Primarquellen und der neuesten Forschung. Tiefgrundig untersucht der Autor die verschiedenen Disziplinen der griechischen Wettkampfe, das Alter der Teilnehmer, die Zuchtigung der Athleten, die Bedeutung des Sieges, das Training, die Nacktheit, die Sklaven, die Zuschauer, die Gewalt, den Sinn von "fair play", die Unparteilichkeit der Organisatoren, und die stadtischen Wettkampfe. Auerdem behandelt er so unterschiedliche Themen wie die Wettkampfe in Bodybuilding und Gewichtheben, die Haltung der Romer den Olympischen Spielen gegenuber, den Trainingsplan Ciceros, Mannschaftsspiele und ihre Bedeutung fur die moderne Welt, Skandale der Antike und der Moderne, und das Vermachtnis des griechischen und romischen Sports. What were the ideals of the ancient Olympics? How did athletes qualify? Why did spectators endure such harsh conditions at Olympia? What is the significance of the Sanctuary for Elis? Why were the Olympics so popular? Athletika addresses these intriguing questions and others, with a detailed analysis of the primary sources and recent scholarship. The author examines in depth the events of Greek athletics, the ages of competitors, the flogging of athletes, the importance of victory, training, nudity, slaves, spectators, violence, the sense of "fair play", the impartiality of officials, and civic athletics. He also explores such diverse topics as bodybuilding and weightlifting contests, Roman attitudes to the Olympic Games, the exercise routine of Cicero, team games and their relevance for the modern world, ancient and modern scandals, and the legacies of Greek and Roman sport.

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Genre: Athletics
Author: Nigel B. Crowther
Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag
Release: 2004
File: 533 Pages
ISBN-13: 361500311X

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A survey of Greek athletics from Homeric times through the fourth century C.E. From the games of the "Iliad, to the foundation of the Olympic games, to the poetry of Pindar and the Olympic Festival, this book covers all aspects of Greek athletics: the events themselves--from the running events held at the first competitions to the later "heavy" events of wrestling, boxing, and the pankration, to the pentathlon, jump, discus, and javelin, held only at festival; the religious and athletic centers; the festivals in which the games took place; the voices of the games' celebrators (like the poet Pindar), critics, and the athletes themselves; the "gyymnasion and its culture; and the evidence--literary, artistic, archeological, and historical. The introduction examines the nineteenth-century bias that created the myth of Greek amateurism. An extensive bibliography aids the reader in pursuing further study.

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Genre: Sports & Recreation
Author: William Blake Tyrrell
Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Release: 2004-01
File: 264 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780865165533

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First published in 1910, this book explores the subject of athletics festivals in ancient Greece, looking in detail at its history as well as the exercises commonly seen at such occasions. “Greek Athletic Sports and Festivals” is highly recommend for those with an interest in athletics and is not to be missed by collectors of related literature. Contents include: “Introductory”, “Athletics in Homer”, “The Rise of the Athletic Festival”, “The Age of Athletic Festivals, Sith Century B.C.”, “The Age of Athletic Ideal, 500–440 B.C.”, “Professionalism and Specialization, 440–338 B.C.”, “The Decline of Athletics, 338–146 B.C.”, “Athletics Under the Romans”, “The Olympic Festival, etc. Macha Press is republishing this classic work now in a new edition complete with the extract 'Classical Games' by Francis Storr.

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Genre: Sports & Recreation
Author: E. Norman Gardiner
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
Release: 2020-08-14
File: 682 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781528790949

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In 1973, Wilson Carey McWilliams (1933Ð2005) published The Idea of Fraternity in America, a groundbreaking book that argued for an alternative to AmericaÕs dominant philosophy of liberalism. This alternative tradition emphasized that community and fraternal bonds were as vital to the process of maintaining political liberty as was individual liberty. McWilliams expanded on this idea throughout his prolific career as a teacher, writer, and activist, promoting a unique definition of American democracy. In The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader, editors Patrick J. Deneen and Susan J. McWilliams, daughter of the famed intellectual, have assembled key essays, articles, reviews, and lectures that trace McWilliamsÕs evolution as a scholar and explain his often controversial views on education, religion, and literature. The book also showcases his thoughts and opinions on prominent twentieth-century figures such as George Orwell and Leo Strauss. The first comprehensive volume of Wilson Carey McWilliamsÕ collected writings, The Democratic Soul will be welcomed by scholars of political science and American political thought as a long-overdue contribution to the field.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Heather Lynne Reid
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Release: 2012
File: 295 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780813136486

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In the northwestern corner of the great peninsula of the Peloponnese, close to the meeting point of the Cladeus and Alpheus rivers, lies a peaceful river valley overlooked by the steep-sided Hill of Cronus. Here, between the eighth century BCE and the fourth century CE, rival athletes competed for glory in the ancient Olympic Games. Every four years, and from every corner of the Mediterranean world – from Samos to Syracuse and from Sparta to Smyrna – they descended on this quiet corner of southern Greece sacred to Zeus, seeking to excel in disciplines as diverse as sprinting, boxing, wrestling, trumpet blowing and chariot and mulecart racing. The victors of these ancient games may have been awarded crowns of olive leaves in recognition of their achievements, but these original Olympics were no idealistic celebration of the classical aesthetic of grace and beauty shared by all of the participating Greek city-states, but often a bitterly contested struggle between political rivals. Robin Waterfield paints a vivid picture of the reality of the ancient Olympic Games; describes the events in which competitors took part; explores their purpose, rituals and politics; and charts the vicissitudes of their remarkable thousand-year history.

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Genre: History
Author: Robin Waterfield
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
Release: 2018-11-15
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781786691903

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Volume 1. From the Minoan bull-leaping to the ancient Olympics and the enigmas of their contests, this first volume of Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds contains nine articles and chapters of enduring importance to the study of sport in ancient Greece, a field located at a crucial intersection of social history, archaeology, literature, and other aspects of Greek culture. The studies have been updated with addenda by the original authors, and two of the articles that were originally published in German or French have been translated into English here for the first time. The studies, selected for breadth and importance of historical topics, include: Greek sport in its epic, heroic, and Bronze Age origins; the ancient Olympics in its relation to religion, politics, and diversity of competitors; Greek events in track and field and equestrian events.

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Genre: History
Author: Thomas Francis Scanlon
Publisher: Oxford Readings in Classical S
Release: 2014
File: 389 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780198703785

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A history of the original Olympic games depicts the events of the first competitions more than 1,200 years ago, during which tens of thousands of sweltering-hot spectators watched nude athletes participate in such events as hoplitodromia, a full-armor sprint, and the pankration, a no-holds-barred lethal brawl. Original. 28,000 first printing.

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Genre: Sports & Recreation
Author: Tony Perrottet
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Release: 2004
File: 214 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780812969917

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