By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
A better half to recreation and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity offers a sequence of essays that observe a socio-historical viewpoint to myriad elements of historic recreation and spectacle.
Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
Includes contributions from quite a number foreign students with quite a few Classical antiquity specialties
Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to envision recreation in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
Features various illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and a close index to extend accessibility and help researchers
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Additional resources for A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman antiquity
Greek boxing (pyx, pygmachia, pygme) was spectacularly brutal, bloody, and dangerous. Boxers wrapped their hands and wrists with long oxhide leather straps (himantes) to protect their hands – not to spare their opponents’ faces. 19). Most blows were directed to the head, and Greek art graphically depicts bleeding and disfigured boxers with scars, cauliflower ears, and broken noses. Boxers battered each other until one was knocked out or admitted defeat by raising his index finger. 53). 6). The pankration was a brutal free-for-all combining wrestling and boxing, with few rules (Poliakoff 1987: 54–63).
Love elegy, the Roman novel, satire, epigram). She argues that writers working in the serious genres tried to resolve what many Romans saw as a fundamental opposition between entertainments of all kinds and traditional Roman virtues such as manliness and devotion to duty. They did so by characterizing spectacle as a display of aggressive masculinity that served the interests of the Roman state. Writers working in the lighter genres, on the other hand, frequently focused on the salacious and scandalous aspects of spectacle.
He approaches the relevant material by dividing it into five groups based on subject matter (beast hunts, public executions, gladiatorial combats, chariot races, and sport) and five different groups based on context (sarcophagi, amphitheaters, baths, tombs, and houses). He stresses the importance of considering the context in which depictions of spectacle and sport originally appeared and shows that the relevant images served as status displays, commemorations of achievement, and demonstrations of Roman power.
A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman antiquity by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle