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The Ancient Background

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226155494.003.0002
The Ancient Background

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This chapter, which provides a sketch of ancient Greek athletics, compares Stephen Miller's nuanced and generally positive assessment of ancient athletics and Nigel Spivey's contrasting stance. It also comments on Spivey's assertion that the values of physical culture articulated in Classical Greece have conquered the modern world. The chapter suggests that one of the most prominent features of ancient Greek athletics was the attention paid to the fairness of the games.

Keywords: ancient Greek athletics; Stephen Miller; Nigel Spivey; Classical Greece; physical culture; fairness

Chapter.  8959 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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