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By Debra Hawhee

The function of athletics in historical Greece prolonged well past the nation-states of kinesiology, pageant, and leisure. In instructing and philosophy, athletic practices overlapped with rhetorical ones and shaped a shared mode of information construction. "Bodily Arts" examines this fascinating intersection, providing a massive context for realizing the attitudes of old Greeks towards themselves and their atmosphere. In classical society, rhetoric was once an job, person who used to be in essence 'performed'. Detailing how athletics got here to be rhetoric's 'twin artwork' within the physically facets of studying and function, "Bodily Arts" attracts on different orators and philosophers equivalent to Isocrates, Demosthenes, and Plato, in addition to clinical treatises and a wealth of artifacts from the time, together with statues and vases. Debra Hawhee's insightful learn spotlights the concept of a classical fitness center because the situation for a recurring 'mingling' of athletic and rhetorical performances, and using old athletic guideline to create rhetorical education in response to rhythm, repetition, and reaction. featuring her info opposed to the backdrop of a huge cultural standpoint instead of a slim disciplinary one, Hawhee provides a pioneering interpretation of Greek civilization from the 6th, 5th, and fourth centuries BCE via looking at its voters in motion.

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As such, aretē functions as an external phenomenon, depending on forces outside the ‘‘self’’ for its instantiation. Aretē thus operated within an economy of actions, wherein certain acts, such as dying in battle or securing a victory at the Olympic Games, were considered agathos and hence deserving of honor, CONTE STI NG VI RTUOS ITY 17 and certain acts were not. In other words, one cannot just be virtuous, one must become virtuosity itself by performing and hence embodying virtuous actions in public.

Race). What’s more, Pindar’s second Olympian Ode suggests that victory (nikē) is not necessarily the sole proof of aretē, but rather a symptom of becoming virtuous. He sings, ‘‘Winning releases from anxieties one who engages in competition. Truly, wealth embellished with aretais provides fit occasion for various achievements by supporting a profound and questing pursuit (merimnan agroteran)’’ (52–55). Here, the word translated as ‘‘questing’’ (agroteron) in its nominal form denotes hunter or huntress, the one who is ‘‘fond of the chase’’ (LSJ ).

Jean-Pierre Vernant, keen on the body’s role in exhibiting kalos kagathos, writes, The Greek body of Antiquity did not appear as a group morphology of fitted organs in the manner of an anatomical drawing, nor in the form of physical particularities proper to each one of us, as in a portrait. Rather, it appears in the manner of a coat of arms and presents through emblematic traits the multiple ‘‘values’’—concern- CONTE STI NG VI RTUOS ITY 19 ing his life, beauty and power with which an individual is endowed, values which he bears and which proclaim his timē, his dignity and rank.

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