What was the point of Olympic victory?

Pritchard, David (2012). What was the point of Olympic victory?. In: A Conference on Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern. Program. A Conference on Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern, St. Lucia, QLD, Australia, (15-15). 6-8 July 2012.

Author Pritchard, David
Title of paper What was the point of Olympic victory?
Conference name A Conference on Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern
Conference location St. Lucia, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 6-8 July 2012
Proceedings title A Conference on Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern. Program
Place of Publication St. Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher The School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classic, The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Published abstract
Open Access Status
Start page 15
End page 15
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
A Greek city gave citizens who were Olympic victors, for life, free public dining and free front-row seats at its own games. These honours were otherwise only given to victorious generals and other significant benefactors. The surprising granting of them to sporting victors requires careful explanation. The Olympic victory of one of its citizens gave a city of no importance rare international prominence and one which was a regional power proof of its superiority over its rivals. The only other way which it had to raise its standing was to defeat a rival in battle. Thus a city judged an Olympic victor worthy of its highest honours, as he had raised its standing without its need to take the field.
Q-Index Code EX
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Institutional Status UQ

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Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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