Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources, Expanded edition by Stephen G. Miller

By Stephen G. Miller

From the casual video games of Homer's time to the hugely geared up contests of the Roman global, Miller has compiled a trove of historical sources--Plutarch on boxing, Aristotle at the pentathlon, Philostratos on clay dirt as an anti-perspirant and at the trading of victories, Vitruvius on literary competitions, Xenophon on woman physique construction. With totally two times as many texts because the hugely winning first version, this re-creation of Arete bargains readers an soaking up lesson within the tradition of Greek athletics from the best of teachers--the ancients themselves.These assets, which Miller himself has translated, supply unheard of insights into old athletic practices and aggressive gala's. They emphasize the elemental function of athletics in schooling and make clear such concerns because the function of girls in athletics and the politics and economics of the video games. eventually they exhibit that the suggestions of advantage, ability, delight, valor, and the Aristocracy embedded within the observe arete and so heavily linked within the sleek brain with Greek athletics are just a part of the tale from antiquity.

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230 Although many handbooks on physical training were available in antiquity, only one has survived. Although later in date than the period in which we are most interested, Philostratos' manual still contains much information of interest, and it often reflects earlier practices. We will examine many passages from this manual that relate to the different competitive events. The best candidate for the dolichos should have a powerful neck and shoulders like the candidate for the pentathlon, but he should have light, slender legs like the runners in the stadion.

Take yourself, for example: a masterpiece in body which not even a god could improve, but empty in the head. Your sneering made my heart beat faster. I am no ninny at sports, as you would have it. Indeed I think I was among the best in my time, but now I exist in pain and misery, having risked and endured much in the wars of men and the toils of the sea. Yet despite the ravages of these evil things I will try your tests of strength. " He spoke and sprang to his feet still clothed and seized a diskos which was bigger and heavier than those the Phaeacians had been hurling among themselves.

Despinis, H. Evjen, H. Lee, J. Marchand, J. Rutter, D. Silverman, M. Sturgeon, W. West, N. Yialouris, and D. Young. A careful reading from M. B. Richardson has aided this version more than my ability to thank her. J. Clark and E. McWilliam of the University of California Press have been most supportive of the idea of bringing forth this edition, and M. Lamprech, also of the Press, has spared the reader many errors I would otherwise have passed along. J. Marchand helped to prepare the manuscript.

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