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Athletika 9783615003116


Studies on the Olympic Games and Greek Athletics

ISBN-10: 361500311X
ISBN-13: 9783615003116
PUBLISHER: Weidmannsche Verlagsbuchhandlung GmbH
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Product Description: Welches waren die Ideale der Olympischen Spiele der Antike? Wie qualifizierten sich die Athleten? Warum erduldeten die Zuschauer in Olympia so raue Bedingungen? Welche Bedeutung hatte das Heiligtum fur Elis? Warum waren die Olympioniken so beruhmt? Athletika wendet sich diesen und anderen interessanten Fragen zu, mit einer detaillierten Analyse der Primarquellen und der neuesten Forschung. Tiefgrundig untersucht der Autor die verschiedenen Disziplinen der griechischen Wettkampfe, das Alter der Teilnehmer, die Zuchtigung der Athleten, die Bedeutung des Sieges, das Training, die Nacktheit, die Sklaven, die Zuschauer, die Gewalt, den Sinn von "fair play", die Unparteilichkeit der Organisatoren, und die stadtischen Wettkampfe. Auerdem behandelt er so unterschiedliche Themen wie die Wettkampfe in Bodybuilding und Gewichtheben, die Haltung der Romer den Olympischen Spielen gegenuber, den Trainingsplan Ciceros, Mannschaftsspiele und ihre Bedeutung fur die moderne Welt, Skandale der Antike und der Moderne, und das Vermachtnis des griechischen und romischen Sports. What were the ideals of the ancient Olympics? How did athletes qualify? Why did spectators endure such harsh conditions at Olympia? What is the significance of the Sanctuary for Elis? Why were the Olympics so popular? Athletika addresses these intriguing questions and others, with a detailed analysis of the primary sources and recent scholarship. The author examines in depth the events of Greek athletics, the ages of competitors, the flogging of athletes, the importance of victory, training, nudity, slaves, spectators, violence, the sense of "fair play", the impartiality of officials, and civic athletics. He also explores such diverse topics as bodybuilding and weightlifting contests, Roman attitudes to the Olympic Games, the exercise routine of Cicero, team games and their relevance for the modern world, ancient and modern scandals, and the legacies of Greek and Roman sport.

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