By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle
A better half to recreation and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a chain of essays that practice a socio-historical standpoint to myriad features of historic activity and spectacle.
Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
Includes contributions from various overseas students with numerous Classical antiquity specialties
Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to envision activity in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
Features various illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and a close index to extend accessibility and support researchers
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She shows that, influenced by regional socioeconomic and cultural factors, facilities varied noticeably in different parts of the Roman world, and that the spread of such facilities attests to the importance of Roman-style spectacle throughout the Empire, including the eastern Mediterranean. Rose MacLean’s Chapter 39, which discusses people on the margins of Roman spectacle, focuses on condemned criminals, support personnel, and Jews. She demonstrates that participation in and spectatorship at spectacles was a means by which varied groups from different social levels and backgrounds supported or contested social norms.
She looks in detail at opposition to Roman-style spectacles from literary elites and Stoics; at opposition to Greek-style athletics from elite Romans, doctors, and intellectuals; and at Jewish and Christian objections to sport and spectacle. ” The final part of Section II offers essays on acculturation through spectacles and the survival of Roman spectacle after the collapse of the Western Empire in the fifth century ce. In Chapter 42 Michael J. Carter examines the popularity of gladiatorial combats and beast hunts in the eastern part of the Roman Empire, an area that was strongly influenced by Greek culture.
The subject of Carla M. Antonaccio’s Chapter 12 is the practice of sport by residents of Greek communities in southern Italy and Sicily in the period between the early seventh and early fourth centuries bce. Much of her essay is devoted to an exploration of sport at the city-states of Croton and Taras and the participation of the dynasts who ruled Gela, Syracuse, and Akragas at the Olympic and Pythian Games. Her nuanced explanation of the reasons why those dynasts lavishly expended resources pursuing equestrian victories at major athletic festivals in the Greek homeland includes insights into why there were no Panhellenic or even important regional athletic festivals in the Greek West.
A companion to sport and spectacle in Greek and Roman antiquity by Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle