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Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources, Expanded edition Kindle Edition

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Length: 239 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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"Arete" was a word used by ancient Greeks to convey the sense of skill, excellence, and honor in their sports. This collection explores arete in 192 readings drawn from ancient texts translated, edited, and annotated by Miller (classical archaeology, Univ. of California). Thematically arranged, it spans eight centuries, beginning c.750 B.C., and describes athletes, individual sports, equipment, festivals, amateurism, nationalism, and the involvement of politics, society, women, and the arts. This new edition has twice the selections of the first (Univ. of Chicago Pr., 1979), benefiting from recently discovered texts and from Miller's expanded scholarship. However, it does not have the breadth, in text as well as illustrations, of Waldo E. Sweet's Sport and Recreation in Ancient Greece (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1987). An index provides access to subjects, writers, and definitions of words. For large sports collections that do not have Sweet's treatment.
- Donald W. Max well, Stone Hills Lib. Network, Bloomington, Ind.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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  • File Size: 2030 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2nd/Exp edition (August 26, 1991)
  • Publication Date: August 26, 1991
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EV5PKW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This collection of excerpts from ancient sources concerning
athletes, athletic contests, skills, prizes, and the
athletic "mystique" is excellent. For it gives a
generous overview from different sources, from different
ancient venues, and from different time periods. The
reader gains a growing sense of the awe and reverence
in which skilled as well as beautiful athletes were
held, both by spectators at the events as well as
through the fame which they gained that was passed
down in inscriptions, statues, poetry, and the
memories of those who heard of their skills and
victories even in distant places.
The excerpts are not excessively long, but they are
highy interesting and instructive. The topics covered
by chapters are: the Earliest Days of Greek Athletics/
Nudity and Equipment/ The Events at a Competition
(Running, Wrestling, Boxing, Pankration, Pentathlon,
Equestrian, Music, Poetry and Prose Composition, Acting,
Painting)/ Organization of a Panhellenic Festival/ Local
Festivals/ Role of the Games in Society/ Women in
Athletics/ Athletes and Heroes/ Ball Playing/ Gymnasion,
Athletics, and Education/ Spread of Greek Athletics in
the Hellenistic Period/ Greek Athletics in the Roman
Period/ Amateurism and Professionalism/ Nationalism
and Internationalism/ Our Ideal and the Reality.
As the author, Stephen Miller, explains in the
"Introduction": "A definition of -arete- would
include virtue, skill, prowess, pride, excellence,
valor, and nobility, but these words, whether taken
individually or collectively, do not [completely]
fulfill the meaning of -arete-." *** "...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Brunet on July 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The kindle version is of the 2nd edition. The 3rd edition is much expanded and the one regularly used in courses on ancient sports or Greek civilization. The ad for the kindle is somewhat deceptive. It shows the cover of the 2nd edition but when you look inside, it shows the 3rd print edition (with a small warning note). According to my students, when you order it, you do get the 2nd edition. Some of my students have not been very happy when they have been forced to buy the paper version after having already paid for the kindle version.

From a scholar who regularly publishes on ancient sports.
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