Greek Athletics in the Roman World
Victory and Virtue
By (author) Zahra Newby
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Greek Athletics in the Roman World by Zahra Newby
Book DescriptionThe enduring importance of Greek athletic training and competition during the period of the Roman Empire has been a neglected subject in past scholarship on the ancient world. This book examines the impact that Greek athletics had on the Roman world, approaching it through the plentiful surviving visual evidence, viewed against textual and epigraphic sources. It shows that the traditional picture of Roman hostility has been much exaggerated. Instead Greek athletics came to exercise a profound influence upon Roman spectacle and bathing culture. In the Greek east of the empire too, athletics continued to thrive, providing Greek cities with a crucial means of asserting their cultural identity while also accommodating Roman imperial power.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199279302
(254mm x 196mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Zahra Newby
Greek Myths in Roman Art and Culture, Hardback (September 2016)
A new reading of the portrayal of Greek myths in Roman art, revealing important shifts in Roman values and identities.
Art and Inscriptions in the Ancient World, Hardback (December 2006)
This book explores the juxtapositions of image and text in a wide variety of ancient works of art.
Athletics in the Ancient World, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Zahra Newby
Offers an introduction to the many forms that athletics took in the ancient world, and to the sources of evidence by which we can study it. As well as looking at the role of athletics in archaic and classical Greece, this book also covers the periods of the Hellenistic and Roman worlds. The different aspects of athletics are also considered.
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Author Biography - Zahra Newby
Zahra Newby is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick.
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