Greek Sport in Egypt: Status Symbol and Lifestyle?

Remijsen, Sofie

Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2013
Book title: Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity
Page range: 349-363
Publisher: Christesen, Paul
Place of publication: Chichester
Publishing house: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3952-9
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Alte Geschichte (Juniorprofessur) (Remijsen 2013-2016)
Subject: 930 History of the ancient world to ca. 499, archaeology
Individual keywords (German): Ägypten , Agonistik , Griechische Kultur , Gymnasium
Keywords (English): Egypt , Athletics , Greek Culture , Gymnasium
Abstract: In 332 BCE, Alexander the Great conquered Egypt. From a strictly territorial perspective this immediately made Egypt part of the Greek world. The infiltration of Greek culture naturally went at a slower pace. One aspect of Greek culture that found its way into Egypt was sport. Sport was of course not new in Egypt. Several sports known in Greece, such as running, wrestling, and boxing, had developed their own independent traditions in Egypt. This essay is not, however, about individual sports and their regional variations, but about the introduction of an institutionalized form of sport and its place in an evolving society. This essay will deal with two opposed but connected questions: what drew the population of Egypt, particularly Greek immigrants, to sport and what obstacles complicated its introduction?

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.

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