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Lecture 10/27/2020 06:30 PM

Lecture SeriesSport in Ancient Greece (III)The social importance of sport in Ancient Greece

Fernando García Romero

Examining sport in Greek civilisation means examining the Greeks, their religious and secular, aristocratic and civic traditions, but also their daily life. Reflecting all of this is the most famous of Greek sporting competitions, the Olympic Games, which the wise Pythagoras described as a microcosmos of society, as while "there were some persons whose object was glory and the honour of a crown, to be attained by the performance of bodily exercises, so others were led thither by the gain of buying and selling, and mere views of profit, but there was likewise one class of persons, and they were by far the best, whose aim was neither applause nor profit, but who came merely as spectators through curiosity, to observe what was done, and to see in what manner things were carried on there…" (Cicero, Tusculan Disputations, 5.3).

Over three lectures, the Professor of Greek Philology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Fernando García Romero, will draw on literary, documentary and artistic sources to analyse the omnipresence of sport in Ancient Greek culture, the meaning of its practice and its importance in different spheres.

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