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

By Debra Hawhee

The function of athletics in historic Greece prolonged well past the geographical regions of kinesiology, pageant, and leisure. In instructing and philosophy, athletic practices overlapped with rhetorical ones and shaped a shared mode of data construction. ''Bodily Arts'' examines this interesting intersection, supplying an immense context for knowing the attitudes of historic 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 paintings' within the physically facets of studying and function, ''Bodily Arts'' attracts on various orators and philosophers similar 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 proposal of a classical gym because the place for a recurring 'mingling' of athletic and rhetorical performances, and using old athletic guide to create rhetorical education in line with rhythm, repetition, and reaction. offering her info opposed to the backdrop of a huge cultural standpoint instead of a slender disciplinary one, Hawhee offers a pioneering interpretation of Greek civilization from the 6th, 5th, and fourth centuries BCE via staring at its electorate in motion.

Show description

Read Online or Download Bodily Arts: Rhetoric and Athletics in Ancient Greece PDF

Best rhetoric books

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

Within the 17th century, a imaginative and prescient arose which was once to captivate the Western mind's eye for the subsequent 300 years: the imaginative and prescient of Cosmopolis, a society as rationally ordered because the Newtonian view of nature. whereas fueling outstanding advances in all fields of human recreation, this imaginative and prescient perpetuated a hidden but chronic time table: the fable that human nature and society will be outfitted into designated and viable rational different types.

Fifth 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said

America's no 1 phrasemeister is again! Robert Byrne, writer of 4 past volumes of 637 top issues anyone Ever stated, keeps his lifelong quest for the best of verbal treasures -- the fastest quips, the sharpest retorts, the brightest truths. for example . . . #59: "Sex among a guy and a lady will be superb -- supplied you get among the appropriate guy and lady.

Goals for Academic Writing: ESL students and their instructors

This booklet records the result of a multi-year undertaking that investigated the targets for writing development between forty five scholars and their teachers in extensive classes of English as a moment Language (ESL) then, a yr later, in educational courses at Canadian universities. The researchers current an in depth framework to explain those targets from the views of the scholars in addition to their teachers.

Paragraph Development: A Guide for Students of English

Paragraph improvement A advisor for college students of English moment version

Additional resources for Bodily Arts: Rhetoric and Athletics in Ancient Greece

Example text

Still, as the passage goes on to delineate the ways in which the brothers came to excel as pankratiasts—‘‘but now they have put the finishing touch to their skill as pankratiasts . . BODI LY ARTS 36 such faculty they have acquired for wielding words as their weapons and confuting any argument’’ (272b)—it becomes clear that Socrates (in this case) includes rhetoric within the purview of the pankration. The passage construes the lawcourts as yet another sporting venue in which the brothers excel, hence affirming rhetoric’s status as an agonistic event, and—insofar as it is discussed here metaphorically as part of the pankration (the most difficult event)—an arduous one at that.

This language, of course, makes sense in a dialogue set in a gymnasium 14 and framed by a description of the brothers Euthydemus and Dionysodorus as a pair of pankratiasts . . most powerful in body and in fight against all—for they are not only well skilled themselves in fighting with arms, but are able to impart that skill for a fee, to another—this is what they do; and further, they are also the best to compete (agōnisthai ) in the battle of the lawcourts and to teach others how to speak, or to have composed for them speeches such as those in the courts.

Their virtue (areta) shines (lampei ) clearly in the naked footraces and in the hoplite races with clattering shields. Just as in their hands as they fling javelins and when they hurl the stone discuses. (18–25) The first part of this passage points to the prizes awarded to victors, and the verb geuomenoi, a middle form of geuō, suggests that athletes ‘‘taste’’ victory and its attendant kleos, thus implying that they nourish their craving for the prize, the end of victory. Importantly, however, it is during the agōn itself, in the bodily movements of the athlete, and not in the gleaming cauldrons or bowls, that aretē becomes conspicuous.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.02 of 5 – based on 49 votes