By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
A better half to game and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a chain of essays that observe a socio-historical viewpoint to myriad features of historic game and spectacle.
Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
Includes contributions from various foreign students with quite a few Classical antiquity specialties
Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to check game in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
Features a number of illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and an in depth index to extend accessibility and help researchers
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5 meters, and that at Nemea was 178 meters. Modern exactitude was not required, and the measurements used and the lengths of tracks varied from site to site. Using rectangular, not oval, tracks, runners in races longer than the sprint had to turn around a wooden post or posts (Miller 2004a: 35–43). 384 meters), with each runner turning around his own individual post. The hoplites or hoplitodromos was a diaulos with the runners wearing helmet, shield, and sometimes greaves (shin guards). 3,800 meters), all runners turned around a single post.
Scholars disagree on the sequence of events and the means used to select victors in the pentathlon. The first three wins by one athlete could produce a winner and end the competition, and the discus, javelin, and jump were nonindependent events, so these three events probably took place first. 29) suggests that wrestling was the final event, so the run was probably held fourth. To select the winner, scholars have suggested points systems, comparative victories or relative placements, and systems with eliminations, byes, lots, and rematches.
Sinclair Bell’s Chapter 33 examines the significance of chariot races in Roman society. Using evidence from literature, inscriptions, and mosaics, he explains the procedures of the races in the Circus Maximus, and the status and allure of charioteers as star performers. He delves into the emotional experiences of the spectators and fans and identifies some of the more important reasons why so many Romans from all social classes were ardent fans of chariot racing. Chris Epplett’s Chapter 34 discusses violent Roman animal shows (venationes) in which beasts fought each other or were hunted by trained professionals.