Syllabus

All of the assigned readings may be found on reserve in the Library of The University of Pennsylvania Museum, located on the third floor; (*) indicates that the book is on reserve.

The following books are available to be purchased at the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore:

  • E. Norman Gardiner, Athletics of the Ancient World, Oxford, 1930 (reprinted Chicago, 1980)
  • Mark Golden, Sport and Society in Ancient Greece, Cambridge, 1998
  • Judith Swaddling, The Ancient Olympic Games, London, 2008 (fourth edition)
  • Rachel Sargent Robinson, Sources for the History of Greek Athletics, Cincinnati, 1955 (reprinted Chicago, 1980)

Class attendance is required. There is a museum project that will be due on April 15, as well as a midterm exam and a final exam. There will also be several quizzes. The exams will include slide identification, short answer and essay questions.

January 14 – Introduction, Organization, Bibliography.

  • Evidence for Ancient Athletics.

January 19 and 21 – Athletics in Mesopotamia (Sumerians and Babylonians) and Egypt

  • Gardiner, AAW, 1-8
  • Expedition 27 (1985) 3-9.
  • Raschke, AO 26-31.
  • Romano, AMAC, 1-13.

January 26 – Athletics in Bronze Age Greece (Minoans and Mycenaeans)

  • Gardiner, AAW, 9-17.
  • Gialoures, TOGAG, 13-23.
  • Coulson and Kyrieleis, Proceedings, 95-104.

January 28 – MUSEUM ASSIGNMENT

February 2 – Athletics in Homer

  • Golden, SSAG, 88-103.
  • Gardiner, AAW, 18-27.
  • Robinson, Sources, 1-29.
  • February 4
  • Athletics in Homer, Geometric Greece
  • Raschke, AO, 13-25.
  • Gialoures, TOGAG, 24-36.

February 9 – The Rise of Athletic Festivals

  • Gardiner, AAW, 28-52.
  • Gialoures, TOGAG, 37-73.
  • Golden, SSAG, 1-60.
  • Robinson, Sources, 56-78.
  • Mt. Lykaion Museum Lecture 6 PM

February 11 – The Rise of Athletic Festivals

  • Morgan, Athletes and Oracles, 1-25.
  • Gardiner, AAW, 222-229.
  • Robinson,__ Sources__, 32-55.
  • SLIDE QUIZ

February 16 – The Pan-Hellenic Festivals: Olympia and Delphi

  • Raschke, AO, 79-118.
  • Swaddling, AOG, 7-55.

February 18 – The Pan-Hellenic Festivals: Delphi

  • Raschke, AO, 121-140.
  • MAP QUIZ

February 23 – The Pan-Hellenic Festivals: Isthmia and Nemea

  • Raschke, AO, 141-151.
  • Coulson and Kyrieleis, Proceedings, 73-86.

February 25 – MID-TERM EXAM

March 2 – The Panathenaic Festival, Athens

  • Neils, Goddess and Polis, 13-27; 77-101.

March 4 – The Panathenaic Festival, Athens

  • Kyle, 32-39.

SPRING BREAK

March 16 – Athletics and Art: Sculptors, Poets and Philosophers

  • Athletics and Education
  • Robinson, Sources, 92-107; 122-137.
  • SLIDE QUIZ

March 16 – Athletics and Art: Sculptors, Poets and Philosophers

  • Gardiner, AAW, 72-98.
  • Golden, SSAG, 74-88.

March 23 – Greek Athletic Events (running and wrestling)

  • Gardiner, AAW, 128-143; 181-196
  • Gialoures, TOGAG, 155-175; 202-213.
  • Golden, SSAG, 140-169.
  • Swaddling, 57-88.

March 25 – Greek Athletic Events (boxing and pankration)

  • Gardiner, AAW, 197-221.
  • Gialoures, TOGAG, 216-231.

March 30 – Greek Athletic Events (pentathlon)

  • Gardiner, AAW, 144-180.
  • Gialoures, TOGAG,176-201.
  • Golden, SSAG, 60-73.

April 1 – Greek Athletic Events (Equestrian); Games

  • Robinson, Sources, 107-121.
  • Gardiner, AAW, 230-238.
  • Golden, SSAG, 169-175.

April 6 – Famous Athletes, Female Athletes and Athletics

  • Robinson, Sources, 156-202.
  • Coulson and Kyrieleis, Proceedings, 147-152.
  • Golden, SSAG, 104-140.

April 8 – Trainers, Coaches and Managers

  • Raschke, AO, 174-181.
  • Robinson, Sources, 212-232.

April 13 – Athletic Facilities

  • Gardiner, AAW, 128-143.
  • Raschke, AO ,155-173
  • Romano, AMAC, 43-83.

April 15 – Athletic Facilities

  • Robinson, Sources, 152-155.
  • Coulson and Kyrieleis, Proceedings, 73-86.

April 20 – Prizes and Compensation

  • Robinson, Sources, 203-212.
  • Neils, Worshipping Athena, 106-136
  • Gardiner, AAW, 99-116.
  • Swaddling, 90-106.
  • MUSUEM PAPER DUE

April 22 – Politics and Greek Athletics

April 27 – Ancient and Modern Olympic Games