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By Sofie Remijsen

This e-book provides the 1st complete examine of ways and why athletic contests, a attribute element of Greek tradition for over a millennium, disappeared in overdue antiquity. unlike prior discussions, which concentrate on the traditional Olympics, the tip of the main well-known video games is analysed the following within the context of the cave in of the full overseas agonistic circuit, which encompassed a number of hundred contests. the 1st a part of the publication describes this cave in through a close research of the fourth- and fifth-century background of the athletic video games in every one quarter of the Mediterranean: Greece, Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Italy, Gaul and northerly Africa. the second one part maintains through explaining those advancements, tough conventional theories (especially the ban through the Christian emperor Theodosius I) and discussing intimately either the overdue old socio-economic context and the overdue old perceptions of athletics

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Differences in rank were expressed by means of a new categorization system for games: their status might now be eiselastic and/or sacred or else thematic. Victors of games with both sacred and eiselastic status received special honors, exemptions from public duties, and monetary pensions at home, while victors of sacred games without eiselastic status received the same exemptions and some special honors, but no pensions. Victors of thematic contests enjoyed no kind of privileges at home, but might still return there with valuable prizes won abroad.

Black and white versus polychrome, the use of glass tesserae, typical decorative elements – which have been studied with reference to several archaeologically dated examples, can offer reliable indicators in attributing a piece to a specific century. g. how naked athletic bodies are rendered), the reference set of securely dated material is on the other hand usually quite small. Often stylistic arguments refer to parallels in mosaics that have themselves no certain date. Among the most popular reference mosaics, for example, are those of the baths of Caracalla, for which dates ranging from the early third to the later fourth century have been proposed.

Agonistic images are frequently found in sculpture, wall-paintings, and mosaics. Since the erection of statues underwent the same evolution as the epigraphic habit56 and wall-paintings are only occasionally preserved outside Pompeii and its surroundings, mosaics are the most interesting art form for the study of late-antique athletics. About two dozen mosaics pertain to the period under discussion, some of which show rich detail and form a welcome supplement to the textual evidence. As all athletic images on floors and walls were recently collected and studied by Bohne (2011), this book will systematically refer to her catalogue, which is virtually complete and lists all the relevant literature.

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