Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire
By (author) Jason Konig
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Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire by Jason Konig
Book DescriptionFrom the first to third century AD Greek athletics flourished as never before. This book offers exciting readings of those developments. Drawing on a wide range of evidence, it sheds light on practices of athletic competition and athletic education in the Roman Empire. In addition it examines some of the ways in which athletic activity was represented within different texts and contexts. Most importantly, the book shows how discussion and representation of athletics could become entangled with many other areas of cultural debate, and used as a vehicle for many different varieties of authorial self-presentation and cultural self-scrutiny. It also argues for complex connections between different areas of athletic representation, particularly between literary and epigraphical texts. It offers re-interpretations of a number of major authors, especially Lucian, Dio Chrysostom, Pausanias, Silius Italicus, Galen and Philostratus.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521070089
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Jason Konig
Jason Konig is Lecturer in Greek and Classical Studies at the University of St. Andrews. He has written articles on a wide range of Greek authors from the Imperial period.
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