Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World
edited by David Phillips and David Pritchard
ISBN-13: 978-0-9543845-1-7 ISBN-10: 0-9543845-1-2, hardback, xxxi+416 pp., b/w pls., 2003, GB £45.00
 
How did sport and festival affect the ancient Greek city? How did the values of athletics pervade Greek culture? This collection of fifteen new studies from an international cast took its inspiration from the exceptional Sydney Olympics of 2000. The focus here is on the ancient world, but additionally there is a sophisticated look at how Greek artefacts linked with sport can best be presented to the modern world.
 

CONTENTS
Introduction - David J. Phillips and David Pritchard
PART I: OLYMPIA AND THE OLYMPICS
1. The organization and functioning of the Olympic Games - Stephen Miller
2. The German excavations at Olympia: An introduction - Helmut Kyrieleis Translated by Suzanne Binder
3. Elis and Olympia: City, sanctuary and politics - Nigel B. Crowther
PART II: ATHLETIC POETRY AND OLYMPIC MYTHOLOGY
4. Victory statue, victory song: Pindar's agonistic poetics and its legacy - Patrick O'Sullivan
5. Olympia and the chariot-race of Pelops - John Davidson
PART III: THE ORIGINS OF ATHLETIC AND CHORAL COMPETITIONS
6. Homer, funeral contests and the origins of the Greek city - Ben Brown
7. The politics of dance: Dithyrambic contest and social order in ancient Greece - Peter Wilson
PART IV: ATHENS AND ITS FESTIVALS
8. Athenian political history: A Panathenaic perspective - David J. Phillips
9. The Parthenon frieze as an idealized, contemporary Panathenaic festival - Tom Stevenson
10. The curious matter of the Lenaia festival of 422 BC - Ian C. Storey
PART V: ATHLETICS, EDUCATION AND PHILOSOPHY
11. Athletics, education and participation in classical Athens - David Pritchard
12. Athletics, competition and the intellectual - Harold Tarrant
PART VI: CURATING THE ANCIENT OLYMPICS
13. '1000 Years of the Olympic Games: Treasures of Ancient Greece': The Powerhouse Museum exhibition - Paul Donnelly and Kevin Fewster
14. VROOM (Virtual Reconstruction Of Olympia Model): The creation of a virtual tour from a digital model - Kate da Costa, Sarah Kenderdine, Cliff Ogleby, John Ristevski
15. '1000 Years of the Olympic Games: Treasures of Ancient Greece': A study of audiences and impact - Carol Scott
Index and Glossary