By Sofie Remijsen
This e-book offers the 1st finished examine of the way and why athletic contests, a attribute element of Greek tradition for over a millennium, disappeared in overdue antiquity. not like prior discussions, which specialise in the traditional Olympics, the tip of the main recognized video games is analysed the following within the context of the cave in of the complete foreign agonistic circuit, which encompassed a number of hundred contests. the 1st a part of the ebook describes this cave in by way of an in depth research of the fourth- and fifth-century historical past of the athletic video games in every one quarter of the Mediterranean: Greece, Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Italy, Gaul and northerly Africa. the second one part keeps by means of explaining those advancements, difficult conventional theories (especially the ban via the Christian emperor Theodosius I) and discussing intimately either the overdue vintage socio-economic context and the overdue old perceptions of athletics
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Yet although the frequent institution of new games stimulated diplomatic contacts across the enlarged Greek world, the athletic circuit had not yet become truly international in the third and second centuries. Top competitors still traveled mostly within Greece, the athletes from the Greek mainland as well as the gradually growing group of champions from the periphery. Only in the ﬁrst century bc, when Roman power was well established in most parts of the Greek world, competitors habitually made further journeys.
Weismann 1972: 111–21; Mähl 1974: 56–64; Merkelbach 1975: 108–32; Jiménez Sánchez 2000; Koch 2007a: 45–158, Lugaresi 2008: esp. 220–60, 491–96, 514–18, 676–94, 716–22; Albanidis, Kasabalis, and Kassaris 2011. g. Albanidis, Kasabalis, and Kassaris 2011: 3. An example of good treatment of athletic metaphors in their historical and literary context, on the other hand, is Jones 2012. The challenges set by the source material 19 instruments, and the interesting question is how they function in the literary work.
This methodological problem does not discredit Zuiderhoek’s analysis of how euergetism functioned. The challenges set by the source material 17 local notables it is not. Similarly, agonistic coins disappeared because cities stopped minting their own money. This does not prove that the agones disappeared; there is simply no more numismatic evidence to inform us about them. Nevertheless, epigraphy and numismatics can still offer some interesting details. 41 Inscriptions relating in some way to athletics number little more than twenty in late antiquity, whereas in previous periods there had been thousands.