By Zahra Newby

The iconic value of Greek athletic education and pageant throughout the interval of the Roman Empire has been a missed topic in previous scholarship at the historical global. This booklet examines the effect that Greek athletics had at the Roman global, impending it throughout the abundant surviving visible proof, seen opposed to textual and epigraphic assets. It exhibits that the conventional photo of Roman hostility has been a lot exaggerated. as a substitute Greek athletics got here to workout a profound effect upon Roman spectacle and bathing tradition. within the Greek east of the empire too, athletics persisted to thrive, supplying Greek towns with an important technique of saying their cultural identification whereas additionally accommodating Roman imperial energy.

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The latter group seems to be that honoured by Mark Antony. The full title is given in BM Papyri, iii, no. 1178 (Smallwood, Documents, no. 374). See Pleket, ‘Some Aspects’, 208. 78 IG xiv. 1105; Moretti, IGUR i, no. 243. 79 Forbes, ‘Ancient Athletic Guilds’, 244; Moretti, IAG, no. 248. 80 Pleket, ‘Some Aspects’, 213–22; see also Millar, Emperor, 457 n. 5. 81 For a list of these, mostly pancratiasts, see Forbes, ‘Ancient Athletic Guilds’, 248. 82 IG xiv. 1054, 1055; Moretti, IGUR i, nos. 235, 236.

Indeed, some may have argued instead that as new festivals sprang up elsewhere and the Sebasta in Naples gradually gained prestige, it was only right that Rome too should have her own Greek-style festival. While some continued to criticize an interest in the Greek gymnasium, the evidence for a gradual increase in both athletic training and spectacles throughout the course of the Wrst century ad suggests that traditional attitudes towards Greek culture were gradually weakening in favour of an embrace of the multicultural opportunities of empire.

A. Harris, Sport in Greece and Rome (London, 1972) 55–60. 41 CIL xii. 3155; Caldelli, Agoni alla greca, 433–5, n17. 1 The institution of the Neronia festival in ad 60 seems to have been celebrated on a number of terracotta lamps, such as this one showing a victorious athlete. 4cm, Neronian. 42 Margherita Guarducci has suggested that a series of lamps decorated with foliage, crowns, and scenes of actors, athletes, or other performers were probably made to commemorate these games (Fig. 21. See M.

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