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A significant other to game and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a chain of essays that practice a socio-historical standpoint to myriad features of old recreation and spectacle. Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire

• contains contributions from a number of overseas students with a variety of Classical antiquity specialties
• is going past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to ascertain game in towns and territories in the course of the Mediterranean basin
• encompasses a number of illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and an in depth index to extend accessibility and help researchers

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Astyanax was a victim of war, hurled from the ramparts 141. Lynda McNeil 142 refers to Thyestes and Tereus, whose murdered children were cooked and served up to them 143 – a crime more vile than their actual murder, but obviously meant to be the ultimate triumph over an enemy. As noted earlier, one reason for killing a child was fear that s/he may grow up and wreak revenge on the enemy. Another was the fear that a son may usurp his father’s throne. Herodotus, in The Histories 144, gives one such account in relating Astyages’ succession to the throne 145.

Ignorance was largely to blame for “child-rearing methods which undermined the health and survival prospects” of children. The benefits of colostrum were unknown, wet-nurses were common, swaddling could lead to bone deformity, weaning dangerously early or late and then onto nutritionally inadequate foods – these were just a few of the hazards to healthy survival. Garnsey makes “a crucial point”: that “parents were unaware of the consequences of their actions”. Garnsey also investigates food allocation within the family, which may be determined by needs, status and power.

After that, wearing a saffron robe, I was a bear at Brauron. ” The girl seems to have happy memories of these events and is proud of her participation. Sporting events were religious in origin, being held to honour a deity; for example, the Olympics honoured Zeus, whilst the Heraean games were in honour of Hera 199. By Classical times there were 18 Olympic contests, including horse races. Equestrian events included various categories of chariot racing and riding, and were fiercely contested; however, only the wealthy could afford to maintain and train horses 200.

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