in Contemporary Athletics & Ancient Greek Ideals

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226155463
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226155494 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the objective of this book, which is to analyze contemporary athletics in relation to ancient Greek ideals, and highlights the fact that it was the Greeks who invented athletic games and were the first to carefully examine their nature. The book suggests that we can better understand athletics philosophically by examining it in light of several key concepts from ancient Greek philosophy, including the pursuit of excellence, the idea that the virtuous life lies in a type of moderation, and the importance of the power to both passively accept one's bodily limitations and actively try to improve one's body through athletic discipline.

Keywords: contemporary athletics; ancient Greek ideals; athletic games; virtuous life; power; bodily limitations; athletic discipline

Chapter.  4679 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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