By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
A spouse to activity and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity offers a sequence of essays that observe a socio-historical point of view to myriad points of historical game and spectacle.
- Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
- Includes contributions from a variety of overseas students with a number of Classical antiquity specialties
- Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to envision game in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
- Features numerous illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and an in depth index to extend accessibility and help researchers
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Such intriguing customs, and the related homoeroticism, have been much debated (Scanlon 2002: 64–97, 199–273; see also Chapter 13, which includes an excursus on nudity). Athletes at Olympia differed not by ethnicity but by event and age. All free Greek males were eligible, but females, non-Greeks, and slaves were excluded from direct participation. Olympic contests were held among men (andres), who most probably were 18 years of age and up, and, from 632 on, among boys (paides), perhaps aged 12–17 (Golden 1998: 104–12; see Chapter 14).
Kyle suggests that the sporting opportunities and participation of Greek females increased during the Hellenistic and Roman eras. Christian Mann’s Chapter 17 details the activities, attendance, and agendas of diverse groups on the margins of Greek sport. He looks carefully at officials in charge of running athletic contests, particularly the Hellanodikai at Olympia, and at people such as jockeys, chariot drivers, coaches, trainers, musicians, and spectators who played important supporting roles at Greek athletic contests.
Many people in the present day are shocked – or intrigued – by the Greeks’ apparent insensitivity to violence, dangers, and even death in the stadium. Like people before and after them, Greeks found orchestrated violence alluring, and they admired combat athletes for their toughness, endurance, and fighting spirit. 30 Donald G. Kyle Greeks saw excellence in athletics and war as analogous (Golden 1998: 23–8; Spivey 2004: 1–29), and combat events seem to suggest surrogate warfare or military training.