Bodily Arts: Rhetoric and Athletics in Ancient Greece by Debra Hawhee

By Debra Hawhee

The function of athletics in historic Greece prolonged way past the geographical regions of kinesiology, pageant, and leisure. In educating and philosophy, athletic practices overlapped with rhetorical ones and shaped a shared mode of information creation. ''Bodily Arts'' examines this exciting intersection, delivering a major context for knowing the attitudes of historical Greeks towards themselves and their setting. In classical society, rhetoric was once an task, one who used to be in essence 'performed'. Detailing how athletics got here to be rhetoric's 'twin artwork' within the physically features of studying and function, ''Bodily Arts'' attracts on various orators and philosophers comparable to Isocrates, Demosthenes, and Plato, in addition to scientific treatises and a wealth of artifacts from the time, together with statues and vases. Debra Hawhee's insightful research spotlights the inspiration of a classical health club because the position for a ordinary 'mingling' of athletic and rhetorical performances, and using historic athletic guideline to create rhetorical education according to rhythm, repetition, and reaction. proposing her information opposed to the backdrop of a wide cultural viewpoint instead of a slim disciplinary one, Hawhee provides a pioneering interpretation of Greek civilization from the 6th, 5th, and fourth centuries BCE via gazing its electorate in motion.

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The Olympic ethos became a defining trait of Hellenic culture. As paragons of this culture, heroes, warriors, and athletes did not fade with time. The founding of the Olympic Games in 776 BCE is politically most significant as the first ‘‘pan-Hellenic’’ event and is hence commonly used to mark Greek chronology, as events are noted according to the ‘‘Olympiad’’ in which they occurred. 2). At the heart of the ancient relationship between aretē and agonism is the very logic for linking rhetoric and athletics.

While the agonistic performance—the actual athletic movements —demonstrated aretē, the prizes (athlioi ) were more closely aligned with kleos (glory or fame). This subtle distinction becomes apparent in Isthmian 1, where Pindar sings of the athletes Kastor and Iolaos: and in athletic games (aethloisi ) they attempted the most contests ( pleistōn agōnōn), BODI LY ARTS 24 and adorned their houses with tripods, cauldrons, and bowls of gold, tasting (geuomenoi ) the crowns of victory. Their virtue (areta) shines (lampei ) clearly in the naked footraces and in the hoplite races with clattering shields.

Plato, more than anyone else—perhaps because of his own status as a championship wrestler 13—exploits the taxonomical connection between athletics and rhetoric. In the same vein as the Hippocratic text and the Protagorean treatise, kataballontes appears twice in Plato’s dialogue Euthydemus: first, where Socrates narrates how the title character was about to rhetorically ‘‘press [the young Cleinias] for the third fall (to triton katabalōn)’’ when Socrates swooped in to rescue him (277d), and second, where he claims that Euthydemus and his brother Dionysodorus have the problem of knocking down others (katabalōn) before falling themselves (288a).

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