Sport and Competition in Greece and Rome
Sponsored by British Museum Annual Classical Colloquium in collaboration with University College London (UCL)
Thursday, June 14, 2012 to Friday, June 15, 2012

The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, LND WC1B 3DG
United Kingdom

The colloquium will feature 20 papers by international speakers on imaging athletics, ideas and ideology, risk and reward, locations, status, revivals and receptions.

Day 1: Thursday 14 June

Ian Jenkins, British Museum, The Discobolus

Zahra Newby, University of Warwick, Sport and identity in the art of the Roman Empire

Hazel Dodge, Trinity College Dublin, The Charioteer Mosaics

Olga Palagia, University of Athens, The Motya Charioteer - an alternative view

Chris Pelling, UCL, Athletics and ideology

Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford, Competition and the spread of Greek theatre

Vivienne Lo, UCL, Perfect bodies: sports medicine and immortality

Hans Van Wees, UCL, Fighting over the Olympics: war and games in archaic and classical Greece

Jason König , University of St Andrews, Philostratus' Gymnasticus: How to write, in the Roman Empire, a history of the Olympics

Day 2: Friday 15 June 

Leslie Kurke, University of California, Berkeley, Athletes and (as) Dedications

Judith Swaddling, British Museum¸ Athletic fame and celebrity

Chris Carey, UCL, Song and stone in public place

Reinhard Senff, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Athens, Ancient horse races and the hippodrome at Olympia

Laura Ambrosini ,ISCIMA/CNR, Sport in Etruria

Filippo Canali De Rossi, Liceo Classico Dante Alighieri, Rome, Sport in Rome

Otto Schantz , University of Koblenz, The reception of ancient Greece in modern Olympic narratives

Alan Peatfield, University College Dublin, Greek combat sports: from image to technique

Robin Osborne, King’s College Cambridge, The origins of the non-competitive sports day

Mark Golden, University of Winnipeg, Olive-tinted spectacles: the mirage of Olympic continuity

Please note: provisional programme






Contact Information
Dr. Judith Swaddling, Department of Greece and Rome, British Museum
+44 (0)20 7323 8181


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