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By Stephen G. Miller

ISBN-10: 0300100833

ISBN-13: 9780300100839

The earliest Olympic video games started greater than twenty-five-hundred years in the past. What have been they prefer, how have been they organised, who participated? have been historical activities a way of getting ready adolescence for war? during this lavishly illustrated ebook, an international specialist on old Greek athletics presents the 1st entire advent to the topic, vividly describing historic sporting activities and video games and exploring their influence on paintings, literature, and politics. utilizing a big selection of historic assets, written and visible, and together with contemporary archaeological discoveries, Stephen Miller reconstructs historic Greek athletic gala's and the main points of particular athletic occasions. He additionally explores broader topics, together with the position of girls in old athletics, where of amateurism, and the connection among athletic occasions and social and political lifestyles. released within the yr the trendy Olympic video games go back to Athens, this booklet may be a resource of knowledge and pleasure for a person drawn to the heritage of athletics and the origins of the world's most renowned wearing event.

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This difference underlines a basic feature of ancient athletics. There w a s no concern with standardization from place to place, for no time records were kept for comparison. 33 THE C R O W N COMPETITIONS Fig. 35 V i e w o f the s t a d i u m at D e l p h i f r o m the Fig. 36 Balbis at the eastern e n d o f the s t a d i u m at w e s t w i t h the w e s t e r n starting line (balbis) across D e l p h i , seen f r o m the s o u t h (photo: author), the track in the f o r e g r o u n d . T h e w i n e inscription (see fig.

5 2 0 - 5 1 0 B . C . Tarquinia, k n e e . Silver stater o f A s p e n d o s . collection (photo: o w n e r ) . M u s e o A r c h e o l o g i c o . inv. n o . 5654. 4 2 0 - 4 0 0 B . C . Athens, Numism a t i c M u s e u m , inv. n o . 1904/5 I I T ' 1 3 9 (photo: © T r e a s u r y o f A r c h a e o l o g i c a l Receipts). The starting stance was called the systasis, or "standing together," and is frequently portrayed in vase painting (fig. 68) and sculpture (see fig. 143). 30; A 1 ) . From that position, the athlete would endeavor to throw his opponent to the ground.

The potential for problems with this mechanism is clear. The difference in the lengths of the grooves and therefore the cords for the central lanes and those for the outside lanes is more than 7 meters, causing a resulting difference in friction and resistance that must have made the outer gates less responsive than the central ones. Runners in the inner lanes had a distinct advantage. In addition, there was the possibility that a cord could b e c o m e snarled, accidentally or deliberately, delaying a runner's start.

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