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That is where Hin will take historians. Roisman accordingly engages with detailed source criticism in order to understand the behaviour and ident- ify the motives of the veterans. Accordingly, Athenian history needs to incorporate the world of Thrace as an impor- tant factor in the shaping of Athenian practices and values. This democratization of war had a profound impact on the standing of athletics. Poor Athenians came to believe that upper-class athletes exhibited the same moral qualities and experienced the same ordeals as they did when fighting battles.

Edited by Emily Baragwanath and Mathieu de Bakker. Every Athenian soldier was now treated like Achilles or Hector.

In the world's first democracy, sport was only practiced by wealthy Athenians. After hours of hand-to-hand fighting, the decisive moment was the trope or turning, when the hoplites of one side broke up and ran for their lives. This was the large-scale version of the city's annual festival in honor of its patron deity, Athena, which was staged every four years.

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Second, this process of interaction led to the formation of a shared Anatolian elite koine, which emphasized banqueting, hunting, and ritual activities. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. The citizens of classical Athens also thought battle and athletics involved the same ideals and tribulations. The separate chapters are well supported from a variety of evi- dence, judiciously treated and well written up. In short, the democratic style of war in classical Athens legitimized and supported elite sport.