Spectator-Athlete Interaction in Ancient Greek Athletics

Zinon PAPAKONSTANTINOU   699–707 | Download


Abstract: Taking SEG 55, 1473 as a starting point, this paper examines the evidence for draws and spectator behavior in Greek athletics. Even though spectators were usually demonstrative and at times even interacted with athletes, it was always at the discretion of the officials of a festival to award a joint victory. Spectator approbation was highlighted in agonistic inscriptions as a token of distinction for late antique victors.

Keywords: Greek athletics; spectator behavior; athletes; officials; festival; agonistic inscriptions.



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