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Contemporary Athletics & Ancient Greek Ideals$
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Daniel A. Dombrowski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226155463

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226155494.001.0001

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The Ancient Background

The Ancient Background

(p.13) 1 The Ancient Background
Contemporary Athletics & Ancient Greek Ideals
University of Chicago Press

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

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