This lecture presents the evidence for the origins of athletics and games in the prehistoric and early historic periods of ancient Greece. Boys box and horse-driven chariots run off to victory. These are the early traditions and foundation of the major contests and festivals of the Classical period, that in turn, provide the inspiration for much of our modern competitive sport. Through religious ritual, social positioning, and the epic tradition of Homer, athletics and competition become a popular and essential component of the ancient Greek world.
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"And off They Go": Athletics and Games in Early Greece
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Dr. Kim Shelton
Free / AAC members; suggested donation $5 / non-AAC members