Classics@13: Visa-Ondarçuhu

Classics@13 Le héros nu: Jason à l’épreuve ou les souvenirs athlétiques d’Achille et d’Ulysse dans les Argonautiques Valérie Visa-Ondarçuhu S’inscrivant dans le prolongement de l’épopée homérique, Apollonios ne peut manquer d’avoir à l’esprit une tradition de héros qui se sont notamment illustrés dans les épisodes fameux des jeux… Read more

Classics@13: Stocking

Classics@13 Ages of Athletes: Generational Decline in Philostratus’ Gymnasticus and Archaic Greek Poetry Charles Stocking The Gymnasticus, written in the third century CE by the Athenian sophist Philostratus, is one of our latest, most important, but also most underappreciated texts on ancient athletic training. [1]… Read more

Classics@13: Scanlon

Classics@13 Homer, The Olympics, and the Heroic Ethos T. F. Scanlon [[Originally published in The Olympic Games in Antiquity: Bring Forth Rain and Bear Fruit, eds. M. Kaila et al. (Athens: Atrapos, 2004) 61–91]] Sports are by definition public events, events of the stadium, and thus events which in… Read more

Classics@13: Nicholson

Classics@13 The Athlete’s Body and the Rhetoric of Injury Nigel Nicholson In the National Museum in Athens can be seen an Athenian red-figure vase made in the middle of the fifth century, on which appears a sequence of five injured athletes, executed by a painter of limited ability. On… Read more

Classics@13: Nagy

Classics@13 Athletic Contests in Contexts of Epic and Other Related Archaic Texts Gregory Nagy Definitions The term “archaic” in the title refers to a period in the history of Greek-speaking people that extends from the eighth century to the second half of the fifth century BCE, to be followed… Read more

Classics@13: Kratzer

Classics@13 Mortality is Hard to Wrestle With: Cosmology and Combat Sports in the Alcestis Emily Kratzer Though not widely studied as such, there are several highly memorable and quotable instances of ancient “sports writing” to be found at the pivotal moments of Athenian drama. In Sophocles’ Electra, for example,… Read more

Classics@13: Eckerman

Classics@13 Behind the Camera: Athletes and Spatial Dynamics in Pindar’s Olympian One Chris Eckerman As Ada Cohen remarks, “The selectivity of the Greek imagination—with its emphases as well as its exclusions—is one of its most interesting aspects, and it is relevant to the study of both mythological narrative and… Read more

Classics@13: Introduction

Greek Poetry and Sport: Introduction and Overview The topic for this volume on Greek poetry and sport was at the suggestion of Gregory Nagy and it arose in part from his and my recent work on sport in Homer. Many studies on Pindar, Homer, and other poets have discussed the… Read more

Classics@13: Greek Poetry and Sport

Classics@13: Greek Poetry and Sport Edited by Thomas Scanlon Many studies on Pindar, Homer, and other poets have discussed the specific uses of sport in each context, and studies on Greek sport have acknowledged the ways in which agonistic values and practices have been reflected in poetic literature, but there… Read more

Classics@12: Comparative Approaches to India and Greece

Classics@12: Comparative Approaches to India and Greece Papers  Gregory Nagy, Professor of Classics, Harvard University, and Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, “Mentalities of sacrifice in Indic and Greek traditions.” Shubha Pathak, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University, “Why People Need Epics: Terming and… Read more