CLAS/HIST240 Ancient Societies:
Sport and Recreation in the Ancient World
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

Fall, 2004

NOTE:  This schedule will remain "in progress" throughout the semester. It will be modified as needed. Students are advised to consult this schedule periodically for changes, modifications, and additions.
Part I Introduction to Sports Ancient and Modern
Aug. 31 Course Introductions
Discussion: What is sport?
Sept. 2  The Vocabulary of Sport and Greek Athletic Vocabulary; the Philosophy of Sport / Philosophies of Sport
Resource Guide in Philosophy of Sport.
Monmouth College Statement of Athletic Philosophy
Sept. 7 Revival of the Ancient Olympics / The Olympic Games / Athens 2004 Paralympics / Athens 2004 / IOC Website
Sept. 9 The Modern Olympic Myth
Tyrrell xiii-xv; Samaranch Aside, Corruption's as Ancient as Games; Olympic Values Athens 2004 / Paul Shorey / Avery Brundage also Perrottet, pp. 80-82
Sept. 14 Amateurism vs. Professionalism in Ancient and Modern Sport
Miller #205-223;  
Chronology / Timeline of Roman History / The Real Story / Context and Spirit of the Games / Professionals vs. Amateurs 
Sept. 16 Nationalism and Internationalism in Ancient and Modern Sport
Miller #224-231; Perrottet, chapter 14
Overview of Resource Summary and Review Assignment
Greek Pantheon / The Major Gods / Greek Gods and Sports
Sept. 21 Poetry and Athletics: Pindar
Miller # 248-256; Tyrrell, pp. 98-103;
Art Competitions at the Olympic Games / When Arts Were On the Podium / Ode for a Grecian MedalOxford Classicist Writes Ode for Olympics / "Ode to Athens" (ancient Greek original) by Armand D'Angour / "Ode to Athens" (English translation) by Armand D'Angour / A. E. Housman's "To An Athlete Dying Young" / The Poetry of Praise/ Pindar / Writing a Pindaric Epinikion
Note: Reading and discussion of Pindar's Odes will continue for several classes. You should bring your copy of Pindar to class every day. On Oct. 5th you will hand in your own celebration of sport modeled on a Pindaric ode. This ode should be at least as long as D'Angour's "Ode to Athens."
Part II The Origin and Prehistory of Sport
Sept. 23  The Origin of Sport
Pindar's Olympian Odes
Sansone (on reserve); Perrottet , chapter 11

Sept. 28 Athletics in the Early Mediterranean, Bronze Age Greece, and ancient Egypt; Pindar's Pythian Odes
Mayan Ballgame: Ballgame / Chichen Itza / Uxmal Ballcourt
See Athletic Events in Prehistory
1st Unit Quiz (on Part I) will be given in the last part of this class.

Sept. 30 Athletics in Homer
Pindar's Nemean Odes
Miller #1 and 2; Tyrrell, chapter 1 and pg. 118 (Odyssey 18.1-107); Homeric Age 
Part III Ancient Athletic Games and Athletic Events
Oct. 5 The Four Crown Games and the Panathenaia
Pindar's Isthmian Odes
Miller #119-127; 232-247; Swaddling, chapters 1, 3, and 9; Tyrrell  pp. 57-59; 87-98; 141-156 Olympic Festival in Antiquity
/ Ancient Nemea / Unearthing the First Olympics (Nemea) / Recreating the Nemean Games / Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games
Pindaric Ode Celebrating Sports due.
Oct. 7 Olympia: Introduction to the Site
Swaddling, chapter 2; Tyrrell, chapter 2; Perrottet , chapters 1-4; Tour of Olympia
Oct. 12  Olympia and the Games; 
Miller #80-89;  Tyrrell, pp. 181-188; Perrottet , chapter 12; The Temple of Zeus
Oct. 14 Organization of the Festival; 
Swaddling, chapters 4-5; Miller #9-118; Tyrrell, pp. 188-204; Perrottet, chapters 5-7
Resource Summary and Review
Oct. 19
Discussion of Prospectus for Individualized Project (Prospectus is due on Nov. 2).
Oct. 21
Quiz on Olympic Site followed by film.
Oct. 22 Mid Course Evaluation due before you leave for fall break
Oct. 28 NO CLASS
Nov. 2 Running and Marathon
Swaddling, pp. 57-62; Miller #20-31; Tyrrell, pp. 59-74; Perrottet, chapter 13
Pentathlon and Discus
Swaddling , pp. 62-71; Miller #47-60; Tyrrell, pp. 204-210; 216-224; Perrottet, chapter 9; also Ovid on Apollo and Hyacinthus (hand-out)
Prospectus for Individualized Project Due
Miller's Ancient Greek Athletics Syllabus
Nov. 4 Jumping and Javelin
Miller #61-65; Tyrrell, pp. 210-216
Nov. 9 Combat Sports: Boxing, Wrestling, and Pankration
Swaddling, pp. 71-82; Miller #32-46; Tyrell, chapter 4; Perrottet, chapter 16
New websites: Ancient Greek Athletes / Famous Olympic Victors
Nov. 11 Equestrian Events and Non-Athletic Competitions
Swaddling, pp. 81-87; Miller #66-80 and 176-178; Tyrrell, pp. 74-86; Perrottet, chapter 8
Part IV Prizes, Athletes, and Spectators
Nov. 11 Judging, Prizegiving and Symposia
Swaddling, chapters 7 and 8; Miller #105-118; Tyrrell, pp. 224-225; Perrottet, chapters 10 and 18
Nov. 16 Spectators and Nudity; the Greco-Roman Gymnasium
Miller #3-19 and 91-95

Famous Ancient Athletes, Training, Medicine and Education
Miller # 60a-d and 163-175; Tyrrell, pp. 156-180; Perrottet, chapter 17
2nd Unit Quiz  (on Parts  II and  III)
Nov. 18 Women in Greek Sport
Swaddling, pp. 40-43; Miller # 149-162; Perrottet, chapter 14
Part V Roman Sports
Nov. 23 From Greece to Rome. Sports in Early Rome
Mahoney, chapters 1 and  4; Miller # 190-204; Vergil, Aeneid V 
Nov. 30 Amphitheatre and Circus: The Colosseum and the Circus Maximus
Mahoney, chapter 3
Dec. 2 Gladiators and Their Private Lives
Mahoney, chapters 2 and 5; The Gladiator Site
Map/Geography Quizzes
Dec. 7 Sports and Roman Society. The Roman Bath Complex
Mahoney, chapter 6-7
Individualized Project due at 3:30 P.M.
Dec. 9 Christian Martyrs and Ancient Sports
3rd Unit Quiz   (on Parts IV and V)
Dec. 16 8 A.M. Poster Presentations, Course Evaluations, etc.

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