Volume 13

Pindar and the Poetics of the Athlete

One paradox of the study of ancient Greek athletics is that the epinikian odes of Pindar remain a prime source for us, despite revealing so little about the specifics of the events they celebrate. Much of what the poet does tell us comes by way of a highly stylized art… Read more

Homer, The Olympics, and the Heroic Ethos

[[Originally published in The Olympic Games in Antiquity: Bring Forth Rain and Bear Fruit, eds. M. Kaila et al. (Athens: Atrapos, 2004) 61–91]] Sports are by definition public events, events of the stadium, and thus events which in some ways serve as a mirror for activity in the public sphere… Read more