Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources by Stephen G. Miller, Paul Christesen

By Stephen G. Miller, Paul Christesen

From the casual video games of Homer's time to the hugely geared up contests of the Roman international, Miller has compileda trove of historic resources: Plutarch on boxing, Aristotle at the pentathlon, Philostratos at the trading of victories, Vitruvius on literary competitions, and Xenophon on girl physique construction. With approximately 50 percentage extra texts than the hugely winning moment variation, this re-creation of Arete deals readers an soaking up lesson within the tradition of Greek athletics from the best of academics, the ancients themselves, and demonstrates that the strategies of advantage, ability, satisfaction, valor, and the Aristocracy embedded within the observe arete are just a part of the tale from antiquity. Illustrations: 15 line illustrations

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They should be used in all exercises, both the light and the heavy, except for the relaxing exercises. 48 Aristotle, Rhetoric 1361b ca. c. Each age has its own beauty. In youth, it lies in the possession of a body capable of enduring all kinds of contests, whether of the racecourse or of bodily strength, while the young man is himself a pleasant delight to behold. It is for this reason that pentathletes are the most beautiful; they are naturally adapted both for exertion of the body and swiftness of foot.

Before then all the Greeks were ashamed to appear at the games with their bodies entirely naked, as Homer, who is the most credible and earliest of witnesses, shows when he has the heroes girding up. 5–6 ca. c. The Athenian historian Thucydides was an eyewitness to many of the events of the struggle between Sparta and Athens, and his account of the Peloponnesian War is usually very reliable. Here he speaks of the more general history of the Greeks and appears to contradict the evidence both of Pausanias (above, no.

See also nos. 7 above, and 113 and 127 below. Anacharsis: Solon, what are your young men doing? Some of them are all wrapped up together but trying to trip each other; others are strangling and tackling one another, and grovelling in the mud, wallowing around like pigs. But in the beginning, as I saw for myself, as soon as they took off their clothes they oiled themselves and took turns rubbing each other down quite 30 / Arete: Greek Athletics peacefully. But I don’t understand what has happened to them, for now they push and tug at one another and butt their foreheads together like rams.

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