Ethics of Boxing and Manly Sport

Ethics of Boxing and Manly Sport Purchase of this book includes free trial access to million books where you can read than a million books for free This is an OCR edition with typos Excerpt from book IV THE ATHLETES OP ANCIENT GREECE

  • Title: Ethics of Boxing and Manly Sport
  • Author: John Boyle O'Reilly
  • ISBN: 9780217208536
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ethics of Boxing and Manly Sport

    Purchase of this book includes free trial access to million books where you can read than a million books for free This is an OCR edition with typos Excerpt from book IV THE ATHLETES OP ANCIENT GREECE The term athlete was applied in Greece only to those who contended in the public games for prizes, exclusive of musical and other contests where bodily sPurchase of this book includes free trial access to million books where you can read than a million books for free This is an OCR edition with typos Excerpt from book IV THE ATHLETES OP ANCIENT GREECE The term athlete was applied in Greece only to those who contended in the public games for prizes, exclusive of musical and other contests where bodily strength was not needed It was not applied to what we call amateurs, or those who exercised without the incentive of a prize The athletes were the distinct forerunners of the trained fighting men who became a professional class in Greece 400 300 B c It was not the value of the prizes themselves which led men to devote their lives to athletic exercises That was at most very insignificant But, from the heroic legends of competitions for prizes, such as those at the funeral of Patroclus, from the great antiquity of the four national games of Greece the Olympian, Pythian, Nemean and Isthmian, with the local Panathenaea at Athens , and from the high social position of the competitors in early times, there gradually became attached to each victory in one of these games so much glory that the townsmen of a victor were ready to, and frequently did, erect astatue to him, receive him in triumph, and care for him the rest of his life The actual prizes offered at the Greek national games were of no intrinsic value The highest reward was the sense of having done well At the Olympian games the victor was crowned with olive at the Pythian games, with laurel at the Nemean games, with parsley and at the Isthmian games with pine But though the Greek games, in this respect, favorably compare with the gambling and greed of our modern race course or other contest, the reward of the victor was not wholly comprised in his olive crown, or his sense of glory The successful athlete received splendid rewards At the Olympic games, a herald proclaimed to the multitude the winner s nam

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