Anything you can do: competitive emulation and the monuments to Chionis and Astylos at Olympia

Taraporewalla, Rashna (2012) Anything you can do: competitive emulation and the monuments to Chionis and Astylos at Olympia. Nikephoros, 25 239-252.

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Author Taraporewalla, Rashna
Title Anything you can do: competitive emulation and the monuments to Chionis and Astylos at Olympia
Journal name Nikephoros
ISSN 0934-8913
ISBN 9783615004175
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 25
Start page 239
End page 252
Total pages 14
Place of publication Hildesheim, Germany
Publisher Weidmannsche Verlagsbuchhandlung
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The perigete Pausanias in his description of the Altis at Olympia describes two statues placed side by side, that of Astylos of Croton and Chionis of Sparta. Both were victors in the stadion and diaulos in multiple successive Olympiads, though the careers of each was dramatically different. Chionis, on the one hand, had achieved his victories in the seventh century, though some time intervened before the Lacedaimonians came to commemorate his feats around 470 B.C., commissioning honorific monuments at both Olympia and Sparta. Astylos, on the other hand, was a victor of the 480s, whose statue at Croton was destroyed when he competed as a representative of Syracuse.

This paper examines the rivalrous interplay represented by the juxtaposed statues and their inscriptions. It argues that the erection of the Spartan monument can be viewed as an act of competitive emulation in response to the construction of the victor statue of Astylos.
Q-Index Code C1
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Additional Notes This paper develops on a paper delivered at "A Conference on Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern", St. Lucia, QLD, Australia, 6-8 July 2012.

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