New book about the horse in Greek poetry

Equestrian sport and horsemanship are popular subject matter in Greek poetry and sources of its metaphorical language. This book seems to be a welcome addition to the scholarship on the interrelations of sport and literature.

The blurb at Harvard University Press’ website ( reads as follows:

Equine Poetics is a literary analysis of horses and horsemanship in early Greek epic and lyric poetry, especially those facets that reflect the prehistory of Greek language and culture.

The book begins with Ryan Platte’s analysis of Homeric formulas for horses, proposing a model by which most such formulas may be understood as members of a single verbal network, with roots in preliterate antiquity. He then considers the poetic relationship between horses and humans, leading to an analysis of the figure of the metapoetic charioteer. Finally, the work compares myths featuring chariot races and bridal contests, focusing on the supposed mythological inventiveness of Pindar’s Olympian 1.

Platte develops a methodology rooted in oral verse mechanics to understand contest-based mythical parallels that have defied easy historical explanations—in Greece and beyond. Drawing from the fields of comparative poetics and historical linguistics, Equine Poetics sheds new light on fascinating and puzzling aspects of these central figures in early Greek verbal art.

Aryballos panel at CAC/SCEC 2016

A panel organized by Aryballos entitled “Sport and ancient cultures” in honour of Nigel B. Crowther will take place at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of Canada in Quebec City on May 11, 2016, from 8:30-10:30am. It will include five papers on Greek and Roman sport followed by a plenary response by Nigel B. Crowther, Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Western Ontario. Please see the description of the panel below.


Sport and Ancient Cultures (Le français suit)

A panel on Greek and Roman sport organized by Aryballos: Canadian Research Group for Ancient Sport (

Aryballos is a research group for the study of ancient sport founded by scholars working in Canada and Canadian scholars working abroad. We support and promote the study of ancient sport in Canada and internationally, and encourage the study of sport as a central part of cultural history.

Elaborating this theme, we propose a panel for the 2016 annual meeting of the CAC featuring new Canadian research on ancient sport and the connection between sport and broader Greek and Roman societies. We contend that putting sport at the hub of the cultural wheel, if you will, reveals new nuances of ancient cultures and the categories through which they understood their lives. Sport is connected with many other very important endeavours, such as status negotiations within and between ancient communities, the self-presentation of ambitious people, and the seasonal rhythms of civil society and warfare.

We offer this panel in honour of the great Canadian scholar of ancient sport Nigel B. Crowther, professor emeritus in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Professor Crowther will attend the panel and give a plenary response to the papers.


Le sport et les cultures anciennes

Une table ronde sur le sport grec et romain organisée par Aryballos: Groupe canadien de recherche sur le sport ancien (

Aryballos est un groupe de recherche pour l’étude du sport ancien fondé par des chercheurs qui travaillent au Canada et des chercheurs canadiens qui travaillent à l’étranger. Nous soutenons et favorisons l’étude du sport ancien au Canada et internationalement. Nous encourageons l’étude du sport comme un élément central de l’histoire culturelle.

Nous proposons une table ronde pour le congrès annuel du SCEC 2016 qui démontre les nouvelles recherches canadiennes sur le sport ancien et la connexion entre le sport et les sociétés grecques et romaines. Nous soutenons que mettre le sport au noyau de la vie culturelle de ces peuples révèle de nouvelles nuances et des catégories à partir desquelles ils ont construit leur vie. Le sport est connecté à de nombreux autres éléments très importants, tels que les négociations sur le statut entre les communautés anciennes et au sein de chacune d’elles, la représentation des personnes ambitieuses, et les rythmes saisonniers de la société civile et de la guerre.

Nous offrons la table ronde en l’honneur du savant canadien du sport ancien Nigel B. Crowther, professeur émérite au département des études classiques à l’Université de Western Ontario. Professeur Crowther participera à la table ronde et exprimera ses commentaires au sujet de chacune des communications.

MA in Olympic Studies at U Peloponnese

The Department of Sports Organization and Management of the Faculty of Human Movement and Quality of Life Sciences of the University of Peloponnese with the support of the
International Olympic Academy organizes for the Academic year
2016-2017 the Masterʼs Degree Programme with the title “Olympic
Studies, Olympic Education, Organization and Management of Olympic

The deadline for applications is the 30th of April 2016.

The required documents for the application are:
       Application form
       Clear photocopy of bachelor degree (or degrees) from Greek or
foreign Higher Education Institutions proving full time studies with a
duration of at least three years
       Clear photocopy of bachelor degree (or degrees) grade transcript
       Clear photocopy of postgraduate studies degree (or degrees)  (if applicable)
       CV – extended curriculum vitae of the applicant
       Clear photocopy of any language certificate a) in the English
language and b) in any other language (if applicable), proving good
       Two recommendation letters one of which has to originate from a
University Professor. Any other recommendation letter especially from
National Olympic Academy or National Olympic Committee or other
athletic organizations will be taken into consideration.
       Clear photocopy of Passport or ID Card (ID Card only for European Countries)
       Two passport size photographs of applicant with adequate identification
       Copy of any published academic work

All the documents should be certified as requested in the call for

All applications with all the required documents must be submitted
till the 30th April 2016 to the secretariat of the Masterʼs Degree
programme at following address:

Masterʼs Degree Programme on Olympic Studies
Director Prof. K. Georgiadis
52, Dimitrios Vikelas Avenue
152 33 Chalandri – Athens, Greece

Nikephoros Bibliography of Sport in Antiquity

From Sofie Remijsen (Universität Mannheim) & Zinon Papakonstantinou (University of Illinois at Chicago)

To all classicists, historians, archaeologists and egyptologists interested in ancient sport,


This freely accessible bibliographical tool is based on the annual bibliographies of ancient sport, collected and published in the journal Nikephoros by Wolfgang Decker from 1986 to 2011 and by Zinon Papakonstantinou and Sofie Remijsen since 2012. The data were entered in the database over the last three years by student assistants at the universities of Leuven and Mannheim.

To increase functionality, we added links to related material: books are linked to individual chapters and reviews; journal articles and reviews to online pdf’s when available. To enable you to find all relevant entries, we have also started adding English keywords to all titles.

Like all databases, this tool represents work-in-progress: we invite all interested scholars to cooperate, for example by suggesting additional keywords for particular entries or by alerting us of new publications and missing titles via the contact form. We welcome all feedback.

Thanks to all for trying it out!

Sofie Remijsen (Universität Mannheim)
Zinon Papakonstantinou (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Origins of the Olympic Games Conference

The Origins of the Olympic Games and the Development of Olympia before the 5th cent. BC

Call for Papers

The early foundation date of the Olympic Games, traditionally referred to as 776 BC, has often been discussed and there are also many theories for the origins of the Games ranging from funeral games to vegetation magic, harvest festivals and even to initiation ceremonies. No consensus has been reached and given the nature of the evidence, there is much room for speculation. Based on the archaeological record, it is quite clear however, that during the Early Iron Age the sanctuary existed and flourished for a long time without the games and there is no evidence to demonstrate that it would have been established originally or primarily to house athletic or equestrian events. The origins, the rapid development and the high prestige attached to the Olympic Games, coupled with the remote location of the sanctuary present a series of problems, and the same holds true for the early history of the sanctuary: despite the intensive investigations conducted during the last decades, questions concerning the cult practice, the identity of the worshipped gods and the interpretation of buildings and votive offerings are still open to debate.

An interdisciplinary conference on these interrelated topics seems therefore due and contributions are welcome from different fields of research such as archaeology, archaeometry, archaeozoology, archaeobotany, ancient history, history of religions, landscape archaeology, epigraphy, topography etc.

Papers may concern but are not restricted to the following topics: the sanctuary and its natural environment; the relationship between the sanctuary and its neighbourhood; contacts with individual poleis; dedications of the Geometric and Archaic Periods; authenticity of the Olympic victor list; establishment of the athletic and equestrian disciplines; chronological problems; victory monuments; historiography of the Olympic Games; relationship between cult and competitions; old and new theories concerning the origins of the Games; ethnographic parallels; mythical tales surrounding Olympia and its Games; cults of gods and heroes. The discussion of individual monuments, artefacts, inscriptions is also possible, provided they add something to our understanding of some broader questions.

The conference will be hosted as a panel by the 9th Celtic Conference in Classics at Dublin (UCD) from 22nd to 25th June 2016. Papers in English or French should not exceed 35-40 minutes. Titles and abstracts (up to 300 words) including the name and the address/affiliation of the candidate should be sent by email to by 30th December 2015.

Decision on acceptance will be sent in January 2016. Participation fees will be announced later, but are estimated to reach ca. 150 Euro. Preliminary information on the event is available at the web site: Further details will be available at the same web site in due corse. The proceedings will be published as soon as possible.

Please circulate this call among your colleagues, who might be interested in the event. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Franziska LANG (TU Darmstadt)


Julia TAITA (independent scholar)

Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games

Dear friends and members:

Please consider the attached invitation. Please contact us to join the Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games.

Αγαπητοί φίλοι και μέλη, παρακαλούμε, λάβετε υπόψη σας τη συνημμένη πρόσκληση.


Σύλλογος Αναβίωσης  Νεμέων Αγώνων

The Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games

Post Office Box 2016 Nemea,

Greece GR – 205 00

Telephone and FAX: (30) 27460-24125



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Mark Golden to give lecture at University of Strasbourg’s Institute for Advanced Research

Aryballos member Professor Mark Golden to give lecture in Stasbourg on childhood in Hellenistic Greece.

Séminaire : L’enfance dans la Grèce Hellénistique

Jeudi 26 Novembre 2015, 18h00

MISHA, Salle de Table Ronde
5, allée du Général Rouvillois
67083 Strasbourg

L’Institut d’Etudes Avancées de l’Université de Strasbourg (USIAS) et l’Institut d’Histoire Grecque ont le plaisir de vous inviter au séminaire du Pr. Mark Golden sur l’Enfance dans la Grèce Hellénistique qui se tiendra le jeudi 26 novembre, à 18h00.

Plus d’information sur la page du séminaire.

Le texte en anglais de la communication du Pr. Golden est disponible ici.

La session de question se déroulera en français et en anglais. Un apéritif sera offert aux participants à l’issu du séminaire. Pour plus de précisions, merci de contacter Dr. David M. Pritchard (

Vous pouvez nous informer de votre présence par email ( ou en cliquant sur le lien ci-dessous.

Dr David M. Pritchard


Institut d’Études Avancées

Université de Strasbourg

5 allée de Général Rouvillois

67083 Strasbourg



Tél.: +33 3 90 21 69 39

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