Ancient Greek Athletics
The Humanities: Culture, Continuity & Change, Volume I: Prehistory to 1600
, Second Edition, by Henry M. Sayre. Published by Prentice Hall.
Copyright © 2012 by Pearson Education, Inc.
Ancient Greek Athletics; the Athenian Acropolis; Theater” Please respond to the following: Discussion reply In Chapter 4, pp. 111-112 and 116, there is discussion of the rise of the city-state of Sparta and its very militaristic social organization, and then a discussion of the ancient Olympics. The Olympics were apparently an all-male event, but there were many other local and regional Greek festivals involving athletic contests. Now, see this “running girl” item (from Sparta) at the British Museum: . Analyze what this tells you of the female status in some Greek city-states, especially Sparta, and also about Greek athletics. In Chapter 5, see pp. 140-148 in our class text for discussion and images of the Athenian Acropolis and the art that was once there. On pp. 142-3, the Closer Look shows a photo of the Parthenon today and an artistic cutaway showing what some of the parts are designated and what they once looked like. Fig. 5.5 has a nice image of a model of the ancient Acropolis to see what it once looked like. Fig. 5.8 shows what the statue of Athena in the Parthenon once looked like. Figs. 5.9-to-5.11 are photos of some of the Elgin Marbles – still in the British Museum. Watch this video from the British Museum and its vast collection related to this: . Even better, now watch a great video of a digital reconstruction at . Finally, see pp. 151-156 about the ancient Greek theater, some of which could seat 15-20,000 and yet have great acoustics. After doing these tasks, discuss here two (2) specific items or informational bits that you learned, and suggest their significance to ancient Greek culture and the western heritage in the arts. Then, comment on the plot of the ancient comedy Lysistrata (p. 152) and how it might go over as a play today.
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preview of the answer… From the fact that only males were allowed to participate in Athletics in Greek, seeing a “running girl” is a rare occurrence. From this statement, it is evident that female status in some Greek city-states was greatly downgraded. Women were only allowed to participate in other activities that did not relate to sports in one way or another. Though many states downgraded the importance of women participating in athletics
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