Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens

Pritchard, David M. Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2013. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139030519

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Author Pritchard, David M.
Title Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens
Place of Publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication year 2013
Sub-type Research book (original research)
DOI 10.1017/CBO9781139030519
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781107007338
9781139782395
9781139776363
9781139030519
Language eng
Start page 1
End page 251
Total number of pages 251
Collection year 2014
Abstract/Summary Athenian democracy may have opened up politics to every citizen, but it had no impact on participation in sport. The city's sportsmen continued to be drawn from the elite, and so it comes as a surprise that sport was very popular with non-elite citizens of the classical period, who rewarded victorious sportsmen lavishly and created an unrivalled program of local sporting festivals on which they spent staggering sums of money. They also shielded sportsmen from the public criticism which was otherwise normally directed towards the elite and its conspicuous activities. This book is a bold and novel exploration of this apparent contradiction, which examines three of the fundamental aspects of Athens in the classical period – democratic politics, public commitment to sport and constant warfare – and is essential reading for all of those who are interested in Greek sport, Athenian democracy and its waging of war.
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Created: Thu, 09 May 2013, 10:08:09 EST by Lucy O'Brien on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry