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The end of Greek athletics in late Antiquity

Author: S Remijsen
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Series: Greek culture in the Roman world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Around AD 250 athletics was a significant part of civic life from southern Gaul and northern Africa to Syria and Egypt. Within this broad area, exercising in the gymnasium was a beloved pastime among those members of ancient society who could afford to be (occasionally) at leisure. Hundreds of agones, contests for athletes and/or performing artists, were organized by almost as many cities. Though some of these  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S Remijsen
ISBN: 9781107050785 1107050782
OCLC Number: 907976069
Description: xviii, 389 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. An Overview of Athletics in Late Antiquity. 1. Greece ; 2. Asia Minor ; 3. Syria ; 4. Egypt ; 5. Italy ; 6. Gaul ; 7. North Africa ; Conclusions to Part I --
Part II. Agones in a Changing World. 8. A religious ban? ; 9. An imperial ban? ; 10. The athletic professionals ; 11. Athletics as elite activity ; 12. The practical organization of agones ; 13. The agon as spectacle ; Conclusions to Part II.
Series Title: Greek culture in the Roman world.
Responsibility: Sofie Remijsen.
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A comprehensive study of how and why athletic contests, a characteristic feature of ancient Greek culture, disappeared in late antiquity.  Read more...

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