Athletics and the Macedonian Search For Greek Identity Open Access

Taylor, Emma Christine (2016)

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Much has changed in the time between Alexander the Great and our modern society, yet the fundamentals of athletics and competition have maintained a similar relevance over the millenia. Due to biases from ancient authors and many modern scholars, not a large amount of archaeological attention has been attributed to the topic of Macedonian athletics. A lack of physical evidence has induced either guesswork or an avoidance of scholarship altogether. Additionally, the agones from King Philip II and Alexander III's careers have been treated has isolated events and not as phenomena related to politics, the military, and cultural identity. This work will implement an interdisciplinary approach such as archaeological material culture, architecture, sight lines, and landscape archaeology in order to incorporate data from physical remains and analyze the symbolic communication of ancient sports in this specific time period. Though it may be impossible to fully comprehend the complete extent to which athletics contributed to Macedonia's pursuit of Greek identity, I believe that this course of study is a new academic route to understanding the impact of the agones on larger societal issues and the transmission of Greek culture over time and space.

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Introduction. 1

Chapter 1 The Philippeion. 12

Chapter 2 Dion. 33

Chapter 3 The Exiles Decree. 51

Conclusion. 72

Figures. 75

Bibliography. 85

Non Print Bibliography. 91

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