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Athletries : the untold history of ancient Greek women athletes
Reese, Anne C.
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Publication Information:
Costa Mesa, Calif. : Nightowl Pubs., [2002]

Physical Description:
189 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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Subtitle: Athletries is the Greek word for women athletes.
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From women bull-jumping in Minoan Crete and ancient Sparta -- where girls wrestled in the nude alongside boys -- to women competing in full armour in chariot races, this book presents ancient women as much more than sisters, wives, and mothers. Focusing on an area that has long been dominated by men, this book documents women's participation in the ancient Greek world of sports in an effort to reconstruct and present a full and equitable picture of women in history as capable, independent thinkers and valuable contributors to ancient Greek society. Included is a complete list gathered from ancient texts, inscriptions, art, and artefacts of women winners and the festivals and events in which they were victorious.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Mapsp. 8
Brief Historyp. 11
Chapter 1 Sports in the Aegean
Sports in the Aegeanp. 17
What are Frescoesp. 29
What are Sealsp. 30
Chapter 2 Panhellenic Games
Panhellenic Gamesp. 33
Chapter 3 The Olympic Games
The Olympic Gamesp. 39
776 B.C. Not the First Olympic Games: A Theory of the Authorsp. 40
Descendants of Pelopsp. 43
Origins of the Olympic Gamesp. 44
The Myth of Herkulesp. 44
The Myth of Pelops and Hippodamiap. 44
The Sixteen Womenp. 50
The Heraean Festivalp. 53
The Story of Chlorisp. 54
The Story of Kallipatirap. 54
Women Winners in the Olympic Gamesp. 58
The Fate of the Ancient Olympic Gamesp. 62
Olympic Stadium and Hippodrome
The Stadiump. 62
The Hippodromep. 66
Nero and the Olympic Gamesp. 68
Chapter 4 The Pythian Games
The Origin of the Pythian Gamesp. 73
The Pythian Gamesp. 75
Women Winners in the Pythian Gamesp. 76
The End of the Pythian Gamesp. 77
The Stadiump. 77
The Hippodromep. 78
Chapter 5 The Nemean Games
The Origin of the Nemean Gamesp. 81
The Nemean Gamesp. 82
Women Winners in the Nemean Gamesp. 83
The Stadiump. 83
Chapter 6 The Isthmian Games
The Origin of the Isthmian Gamesp. 89
The Isthmian Gamesp. 89
Women Winners in the Isthmian Gamesp. 90
The Stadiump. 91
The Hippodromep. 91
Mapp. 92
Chapter 7 The Status of Women in Ancient Greece
The Status of Women in Ancient Greecep. 95
Athensp. 96
Spartap. 97
Chapter 8 Festivals
Festivalsp. 111
The Asklepeiap. 111
Women Winners in the Asklepeiap. 112
The Amphiaraiap. 112
Women Winners in the Ampiaraiap. 113
The Eleutheriap. 113
Women Winners in the Eleutheriap. 113
The Heraeap. 115
Women Winners in the Heraeap. 117
The Hyakintheiap. 117
The Panathenaeap. 118
Women Winners in the Panathenaeap. 120
The Islands of Chios and Lesbosp. 122
Chapter 9 The Modern Day Olympics
The Modern Day Olympic Gamesp. 125
Melpomene and the 1896 Olympic Gamesp. 125
An Unsuccessful Attempt to Renew the Olympic Gamesp. 128
The 1896 Olympic Games Renewalp. 128
The Modern Myth of the Five Rings and the Olympic Gamesp. 134
Certificates for Winnersp. 137
Bibliographyp. 167
Index and Pronounciation Guidep. 177
About the Authorsp. 189