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Author Pritchard, David, 1970-
Title Sport, democracy and war in classical Athens / by David M. Pritchard.
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
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 Floor2  GV573 .P75 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description xii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-244) and index.
Contents 1. Problems, models and sources -- 2. Athletic participation and education -- 3. The democratic support of athletics -- 4. Athletics in satyric drama -- 5. The common culture of athletics and war -- 6. The democratisation of war -- 7. Conclusion: athletic ephebes
Summary "Athenian democracy may have opened up politics to every citizen, but it had no impact on participation in sport. The city's sportsmen continued to be drawn from the elite, and so it comes as a surprise that sport was very popular with non-elite citizens of the classical period, who rewarded victorious sportsmen lavishly and created an unrivalled program of local sporting festivals on which they spent staggering sums of money. They also shielded sportsmen from the public criticism which was otherwise normally directed towards the elite and its conspicuous activities. This book is a bold and novel exploration of this apparent contradiction, which examines three of the fundamental aspects of Athens in the classical period - democratic politics, public commitment to sport and constant warfare - and is essential reading for all of those who are interested in Greek sport, Athenian democracy and its waging of war"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Sports -- Greece -- History.
Athletics -- Greece -- History.
Sports -- Social aspects -- Greece -- History.
Athletics -- Social aspects -- Greece -- History.
Democracy -- Greece -- Athens -- History.
Athens (Greece) -- Politics and government.
ISBN 9781107007338
Standard # 40021781977
OCLC number 796354861