A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle

By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle

A significant other to activity and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity offers a sequence of essays that follow a socio-historical point of view to myriad facets of old game and spectacle.
Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
Includes contributions from various foreign students with a variety of Classical antiquity specialties
Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to check game in towns and territories during the Mediterranean basin
Features numerous illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and an in depth index to extend accessibility and support researchers

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Upper Saddle River, NJ. Hornblower, S. and C. Morgan, eds. 2007. Pindar’s Poetry, Patrons, and Festivals: From Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire. Oxford. Kitroeff, A. 2004. Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics. New York. König, J. 2005. Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire. Cambridge. Kyle, D. 2007. Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World. Malden, MA. Miller, S. 2004. Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources. 3rd ed. Berkeley. Pleket, H. W. 1992. ” In W.

All chapters in this volume are similarly organized; the text of each essay is followed by a list of abbreviations (if any) used in that essay, references, and a brief guide to further reading that directs readers to relevant general and scholarly works. Readers looking for introductions to Greek sport and Roman spectacle are encouraged to begin with essays in this volume by Donald G. Kyle (Chapter 1) and Roger Dunkle (Chapter 25) and the references cited therein. Greek names have been transliterated in such a way as to be as faithful as possible to original spellings while taking into account established usages for well-known people and places.

In Chapter 42 Michael J. Carter examines the popularity of gladiatorial combats and beast hunts in the eastern part of the Roman Empire, an area that was strongly influenced by Greek culture. ” Roman-style spectacles were arranged by the people of the provinces and were opportunities for those people to respond, both positively and negatively, to a key part of Roman culture. Carter also makes the case that responses to Roman spectacle in the eastern part of the Roman Empire were further complicated by the fact that Greeks were familiar with spectatorship through their own tradition of sport and recognized in gladiator combats a martial ideology akin to Greek athletics.

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