Plato and Ribbons

Stephen G. Miller

in The Berkeley Plato

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943599 | DOI:
Plato and Ribbons

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Plato was much involved with athletics. He repeatedly used the status of the Olympic victor as representing the happiest of lives and Olympia as the best place to be honored by the dedication of a statue. Ribbons were not, however, restricted to athletic victories, even though they seem to have originated there. Other contexts for these ribbons are not so serious. One example is a kylix that has symposiasts around the exterior and a youth on the interior. Ribbons are also to be found in another athletic context: the palaistra and gymnasion—the schools of ancient Greece. Perhaps the most relevant depiction of ribbons in the palaistra, however, comes on a red-figure krater in Agrigento. Here, a herm is about to be crowned by a beribboned athlete while Nike brings a ribbon for the herm.

Keywords: Plato; Olympia; athletics; ancient Greece; palaistra; gymnasion; herms

Chapter.  3296 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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