By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
A spouse to recreation and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a chain of essays that practice a socio-historical standpoint to myriad elements of historic game and spectacle.
- Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
- Includes contributions from a variety of foreign students with numerous Classical antiquity specialties
- Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to check activity in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
- Features a number of illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and an in depth index to extend accessibility and help researchers
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Games were seen as an appropriate way to honor gods and heroes, and a fundamental tie between religion, sanctuaries, and games endured for centuries. Before competing, athletes prayed for divine assistance, swore sacred oaths, and vowed dedications to major deities such as Zeus and Athena and to gods especially associated with athletics such as Hermes and Herakles. Victors were thought to enjoy divine favor, some great athletes were thought to have magical powers, and some dead athletes were venerated with hero Greek Athletic Competitions: The Ancient Olympics and More 23 cults (see Chapter 20).
He delves into the emotional experiences of the spectators and fans and identifies some of the more important reasons why so many Romans from all social classes were ardent fans of chariot racing. Chris Epplett’s Chapter 34 discusses violent Roman animal shows (venationes) in which beasts fought each other or were hunted by trained professionals. He investigates their origins and development in Republican Rome and their persistence under the Empire; the complex infrastructure needed to procure, maintain, and transport exotic animals for shows; and the performers who fought the beasts.
97–253) describes noble youths in Phaiakia competing in public but more casual contests, not for prizes but to entertain their guest Odysseus. Homer’s athletic world, then, which probably reflects the ninth to eighth century, already shows patterns and variations. ) By the Archaic period (700–480) the phenomenon of Greek athletics had grown greatly (Christesen 2007b) and was even more complex and varied. Athletic contests were associated with competition for glory and status, militarism, eroticism, and conspicuous consumption and display.
A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman antiquity by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle