By Donald G. Kyle
Donald Kyle concludes this effective publication via pointing out that “it may still now be clear
that the interrelationship among the histories of Athens and its athletics is
significant and non-stop . . . Athletics have been a public, fundamental, and poten-
tially unifying or disruptive point within the civic adventure of the Athenians”
(p. 177). one of the robust issues of this examine is its regular concentrate on the
historical and cultural importance of athletics: this e-book isn't any mere workout in
antiquarianism, yet a delicately documented research of the prosopography and
politics of athletics in Athens.
At the center of the booklet is a list of identified and attainable Athenian
athletes. each one athlete gets a separate biographical access in Appendix II with
the suitable old testimonia and bibliographical notes: classicists and ancient
historians wiIl locate this sober and particular catalogue a important examine tool.
The history of Lysis, recognized to us from Plato’s discussion, is well illumi-
nated, as is that of the charismatic Autolykos, whom Xenophon, between others,
described. Taking to center the significance of the paintings of H. W. Pleket and
David C. younger, Kyle makes use of his catalogue to deal with in bankruptcy four the query of
the athletes’ socio-economic historical past: who're the contributors? Does the
personnel switch over the centuries of Athenian historical past? Kyle properly dis-
tinguishes among “elitism of start” and the “elitism of wealth” to which it
increasingly yielded within the 5th century BC. what's tricky is the
difficulty in settling on even if the socio-economic prestige of a given athlete
was the results of athletic fulfillment or the prerequisite for it, and there are few
cases the place the hereditary the Aristocracy of the athletes, or its absence could be proven.
It is formidable to examine how few of Athens’ archons, strategoi, choregoi and
other notables are identified to us in any respect, to claim not anything in their pursuits (or lack
thereof) in athletics. Kyle is cautious to warn the reader time and again that the trends
he issues out are according to very fragmentary proof, and he properly refrains
from computing chances or in a different way giving a deceptive positivism; the
trends he does indicate are brilliant and sound deductions from the evidence
that has come all the way down to us.
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