The Smell of Sweat: Greek Athletics, Olympics, and Culture

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Pub. Date: 2004-02-01
Publisher(s): Bolchazy Carducci Pub
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Summary

A survey of Greek athletics from Homeric times through the fourth century C.E. From the games of the "Iliad, to the foundation of the Olympic games, to the poetry of Pindar and the Olympic Festival, this book covers all aspects of Greek athletics: the events themselves--from the running events held at the first competitions to the later "heavy" events of wrestling, boxing, and the pankration, to the pentathlon, jump, discus, and javelin, held only at festival; the religious and athletic centers; the festivals in which the games took place; the voices of the games' celebrators (like the poet Pindar), critics, and the athletes themselves; the "gyymnasion and its culture; and the evidence--literary, artistic, archeological, and historical. The introduction examines the nineteenth-century bias that created the myth of Greek amateurism. An extensive bibliography aids the reader in pursuing further study.

Author Biography

Wm. Blake Tyrrell is Distinguished Professor of Classics at Michigan State University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
List of Maps
x
List of Tables
x
Preface xi
Introduction: The Myth of Amateurism xiii
The Warrior and the Funeral Games in the Iliad
1(30)
The Arete of the Warrior
2(4)
The Hoplite Race
6(2)
The Funeral Games for Patroclus
8(19)
Alkinoos' Contests for Odysseus
27(4)
Early Olympia
31(26)
Geographical Setting
32(3)
Religious Setting
35(1)
Setting Worth Fighting For
36(2)
Mythic Setting
38(7)
Setting for Lacedaemonians
45(4)
Setting for Growth
49(8)
The Panhellenic Cycle of Athletic Festivals and Their Poet
57(48)
Olympic Games: The First Events
59(15)
Pythian Games: Horse Racing
74(13)
Isthmian Games
87(7)
Nemean Games
94(4)
Pindar's Epinician Odes
98(7)
The Heavy Events
105(36)
Wrestling
107(11)
Boxing
118(15)
Pankration
133(8)
Athletics in Athens
141(40)
Panathenaic Games
145(11)
The Gymnasion and its Culture
156(19)
The Critics
175(6)
Olympic Festival
181(46)
The Sanctuary during the Classical Period
181(7)
The Games: Making Ready
188(9)
The Five Days of Competition
197(7)
Pentathlon
204(1)
Discus
204(6)
Jump
210(3)
Javelin
213(3)
The Sequence of Events in Pentathon
216(2)
Determining the Winner of Pentathlon
218(6)
Glorious Day, Day of Glory
224(3)
Bibliography 227(26)
Index 253

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