Eros and Greek Athletics by Thomas F. Scanlon

By Thomas F. Scanlon

historic Greek athletics supply us a transparent window on many very important features of old tradition, a few of that have exact parallels with smooth activities and their position in our society. old athletics have been heavily attached with faith, the formation of younger women and men of their gender roles, and the development of sexuality. Eros used to be, from one point of view, an enormous god of the health club the place homoerotic liaisons bolstered the normal hierarchies of Greek tradition. yet Eros within the athletic sphere was once additionally a logo of life-affirming friendship or even of political freedom within the face of tyranny. Greek athletic tradition was once now not loads a box of goals as a box of hope, the place fervent pageant for honor was once balanced by means of cooperation for universal social goals.

Eros and Greek Athletics is the 1st in-depth learn of Greek physique tradition as take place in its athletics, sexuality, and gender formation. during this finished review, Thomas F. Scanlon explores whilst and the way athletics used to be associated with faith, upbringing, gender, sexuality, and social values in an evolution from Homer till the Roman interval. Scanlon exhibits that ladies and men made various makes use of of a similar contests, that pederasty and athletic nudity have been fostered through an athletic revolution starting within the past due 7th century B.C., and that public athletic fairs should be visible as quasi-dramatic performances of the human rigidity among wish and demise. Accessibly written and entire of insights that would problem long-held assumptions approximately old recreation, Eros and Greek Athletics will entice readers drawn to old and smooth activities, faith, sexuality, and gender studies.

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