By Stephen G. Miller
The earliest Olympic video games started greater than twenty-five-hundred years in the past. What have been they prefer, how have been they organised, who participated? have been historical activities a method of getting ready formative years for struggle? during this lavishly illustrated publication, a global professional on historic Greek athletics offers the 1st finished creation to the topic, vividly describing historical exercises and video games and exploring their effect on paintings, literature, and politics. utilizing a wide range of old resources, written and visible, and together with fresh archaeological discoveries, Stephen Miller reconstructs historic Greek athletic gala's and the main points of particular athletic occasions. He additionally explores broader issues, together with the position of ladies in historical athletics, where of amateurism, and the connection among athletic occasions and social and political lifestyles. released within the yr the fashionable Olympic video games go back to Athens, this booklet could be a resource of knowledge and pleasure for an individual drawn to the historical past of athletics and the origins of the world's most famed wearing event.
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Red-figure t o n d o b y the E p i d r o m o s Painter, 5 2 0 - 5 0 0 B . C . , H o o d M u s e u m o f Art, D a r t m o u t h College, inv. n o . 35; gift o f Mr. a n d M r s . R a y Winfield S m i t h . with the four stephanitic (crown) games, at Olympia, Delphi, Isthmia, and Nemea, and do not apply to the numerous local games held at and by individual city-states. But they are critical to our understanding of ancient Greek athletics because they demonstrate the gulf between ancient and modern ideas about athletics.
This was the hoplitodromos (sometimes called the hoplites), or race in armor. Like the diaulos, this w a s t w o stadia in length. The competitors carried shields and wore helmets and, originally, bronze shin guards or greaves (fig. 32). Later, the greaves were omitted (fig. 33). Our sources do not specify whether the equipment w a s standard- 32 THE C R O W N COMPETITIONS Fig. 32 R u n n e r s in the h o p l i t o d r o m o s a p p r o a c h the Fig. 33 R u n n e r s in the h o p l i t o d r o m o s .
THE WORLD OF GREEK ATHLETICS Fig. 19 A n athlete is s h o w n binding his hands for Fig. 2 0 A n athlete leaning o n a b a s i n w h i l e s q u e e z i n g b o x i n g , s u r r o u n d e d b y his e q u i p m e n t . J u m p i n g o u t his s p o n g e . O n the w a l l at left h a n g an a r y b a l l o s weights (below), diskos, and pick (right) lie beside a n d a stlengis. Detail f r o m a red-figure m a s k - k a n - h i m , w h i l e o n the w a l l an a r y b a l l o s h a n g s in tharos b y the F o u n d r y Painter, ca.
Ancient Greek Athletics by Stephen G. Miller