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Two studies in the history of ancient Greek athletics

Author: Thomas Heine Nielsen
Publisher: [Copenhagen] : Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, [2018]. ©2018
Series: Scientia Danica., Series H,, Humanistica 8 ;, v. 16.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Two Studies in the History of Ancient Greek Athletics:0I) A Survey of the Proliferation of Athletic and Equestrian Competitions in Late Archaic and Classical Greece.0II) The Prestige of a Nemean Victory.0The first study is a survey of the number of festivals with athletic and equestrian competitions which existed throughout the Greek world in the late Archaic and Classical periods. It is demonstrated that athletic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Heine Nielsen
ISBN: 9788773044124 8773044121
OCLC Number: 1031332132
Description: 299 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. A survey of the proliferation of athletic and equestrian competitions in Late Archaic and Classical Greece --
2. The prestige of a Nemean victory.
Series Title: Scientia Danica., Series H,, Humanistica 8 ;, v. 16.
Responsibility: Thomas Heine Nielsen.

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Two Studies in the History of Ancient Greek Athletics:0I) A Survey of the Proliferation of Athletic and Equestrian Competitions in Late Archaic and Classical Greece.0II) The Prestige of a Nemean Victory.0The first study is a survey of the number of festivals with athletic and equestrian competitions which existed throughout the Greek world in the late Archaic and Classical periods. It is demonstrated that athletic festivals were celebrated in far greater numbers than usually assumed.0The second study discusses the symbolic value and prestige of athletic victories achieved at the sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea in the Peloponnese, by focusing on the value attached by victorious athletes and their home communities to such victories and by situating the contests at Nemea in the competitive landscape of late Archaic and Classical Greece delineated in the first study. It is concluded that the prestige of a Nemean victory outshone by far that of a victory in any of the numerous athletic festivals which did not form a part of the great Big Four of the Olympic, Pythian, Isthmian and Nemean festivals.

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