Sports Society and Culture: Exploring Excellence

Fourth Annual International Scholars’ Symposium
July 5–July 9, 2015
Ancient Olympia, Greece

Conference Program


  Arrival of Lecturers and Participants in Athens
10:00 am Departure of Participants from the Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, to Ancient Olympia
2-5:00pm Registrations
6:00pm  Opening Ceremony
6:15pm  Address by the President of the IOA, Mr. Isidoros Kouvelos
6:30pm  Address by Professor Gregory Nagy and Opening of the Symposium


  Session 1: Charles Stocking, Moderator
9:00am Greg Nagy, "The athleticism of warfare in Homeric poetry: two heroic examples" (View Abstract)
9:45am Yiannis Petropoulos, "What did 'excellence' mean for the Greeks?" (View Abstract)
10:30am  Coffee Break
11:00am Lucia Athanassaki, "Reminiscing about rituals and victory celebrations at Olympia: Pindar's Olympians 4 and 5" (View Abstract)
11:45am Ewen Bowie, "Cash rewards for superstars in the Roman empire: athletes and sophists" (View Abstract)
12:30pm End of First Session
1:00pm Lunch
4:30pm Visit to the Archaeological Site and Museum of Ancient Olympia


  Session 2: Yiannis Petropoulos, Moderator
9:00am Paul Christesen, "Pulling the Pieces Together: Social Capital and the Olympics, Ancient and Modern" (View Abstract)
9:45am Charles Stocking, "How to Kill an Athlete: The Limits of Excellence, Ancient and Modern." (View Abstract)
10:30am Coffee Break
11:00am Janice Forsyth, "Aboriginal people and Olympic Games: Will there ever be a meaningful legacy for marginalized peoples?" (View Abstract)
11:45am Stamatia Dova, "'Worth Visiting Greece for': Dimitrios Vikelas and the Uniqueness of Olympia" (View Abstract)
12:30pm End of Second Session
1:00pm  Lunch
4:30pm  Workshops
6:30pm  Sport Activities (optional)


9:00am Summaries of Presentations / Roundtable Discussion
10:30am Gregory Nagy, Presentation of the Conclusions of the Workshops
11:00am Mr Isidoros Kouvelos President of the IOA. Address and Closing of the Symposium
1:00pm Departure to Athens

*The duration of the lectures is indicative, and includes time for discussion. The language of the proceedings is English.

** During the workshops, emphasis will be added on the ongoing dialogue between ancient and modern, on how these concepts compete and interact. Lecturers and participants are encouraged to enrich and elaborate on the dialectic relationship between the two.