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Title: Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire
Author: Konig, Jason
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2005
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521070089
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Greek athletics flourished more in the Roman empire than ever before. Jason Knig offers an exciting new cultural history of the athletics of this period, setting out neglected evidence for athletic festivals and athletic education. He also explores the way in which discussion of athletics, a highly controversial subject, could become entangled in wider debates in Greek and Roman culture. Sets out neglected evidence for athletic festivals and competitions in the Roman Empire Offers major new readings on a wide range of Greek and Roman authors Explores athletics in the context of a broader cultural debateContents1. Introduction2. Lucian and Anacharsis: gymnasion education in the Greek city3. Models for virtue: Dio's Melankomas and the athletic body4. Pausanias and Olympic panhellenism5. Silius Italicus and the athletics of Rome6. Athletes and doctors: Galen's agonistic medicine7. Philostratus' Gymnasticus and the rhetoric of the athletic bodyConclusion.