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Mark Golden

Greek Sport And Social Status

Greek Sport And Social Status

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From the ancient Olympic games to the World Series and the World Cup; athletic achievement has always conferred social status. In this collection of essays; a noted authority on ancient sport discusses how Greek sport has been used to claim and enhance social status; both in antiquity and in modern times. Mark Golden explores a variety of ways in which sport provided a route to social status. In the first essay; he explains how elite horsemen and athletes tried to ignore the important roles that jockeys; drivers; and trainers played in their victories; as well as how female owners tried to rank their equestrian achievements above those of men and other women. In the next essay; Golden looks at the varied contributions that slaves made to sport; despite its use as a marker of free; Greek status. In the third essay; he evaluates the claims made by gladiators in the Greek east that they be regarded as high-status athletes and asserts that gladiatorial spectacle is much more like Greek sport than scholars today usually admit. In the final essay; Golden critiques the accepted accounts of ancient and modern Olympic history; arguing that attempts to raise the status of the modern games by stressing their links to the ancient ones are misleading. He concludes that the contemporary movement to call a truce in world conflicts during the Olympics is likewise based on misunderstandings of ancient Greek traditions.







University Of Texas Press


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