October 5 - October 5, 2007 Panhellenism and Greek...

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October 5, 2007 Panhellenism and Greek Athletics Panhellenism o Panhellenism: formation and maintenance of institutions that transcend individual poleis and regions Arenas: religious sites and associated games, luxury goods, war o Forces favoring Panhellenism Cooperation among elites (ex: tyrannies) Popular religious sites (access guaranteed by treaties) Encounter with non-Greeks (construction of “the other”) Especially Persia o Forces making Panhellenism difficult Constant warfare among poleis Tensions among local, regional, Panhellenic traditions (ex: epic) Panhellenic Arenas o Religious sites Oracles: Apollo at Delphi, Zeus at Dodona Mystery, healing cults: Demeter at Eleusis, Asklepios at Epidauros o Religious festivals Processions, choruses, games etc. in celebration of god or gods Basis for calendar: lunar cycle (agricultural roots) Local > regional > Panhellenic (7 th -5 th c.) o Athletics as ritualized combat Origins: mock warfare commemorating death of hero
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course CLA 2100 taught by Professor Marks during the Fall '07 term at University of Florida.

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