Athletics and the Macedonian Search For Greek Identity

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HONOR'S THESIS: Earned High Honors. 91 pages including pictures and bibliography. Classics, Archaeology, Ancient History, Macedonia, Alexander the Great, Athletics, Olympics, Dion, Exiles Decree, Philippeion, Ancient Greece, Sports.

Abstract: This work will implement an interdisciplinary approach such as archaeological material culture, architecture, sight lines, and landscape archaeology in order to incorporate data from physical remains and analyze the symbolic communication of ancient sports in this specific time period. Though it may be impossible to fully comprehend the complete extent to which athletics contributed to Macedonia's pursuit of Greek identity, I believe that this course of study is a new academic route to understanding the impact of the agones on larger societal issues and the transmission of Greek culture over time and space.

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Taylor 1IntroductionThe Theoretical ApproachOne of the most magical experiences any baseball fan can describe is the moment oneenters through the tunnel beneath the stands and walks up the ramp toward the field. Thestadium slowly unveils itself as a vision of green grass, brown - red dirt, and a fuzzy encirclingview of the crowd. Slowly but surely more and more is revealed until you are finally standingoutdoors, surrounded by the lights, the sights, the smells and the anticipation of the competition.In our modern society, many thousands of people every day or night will flock to theBronx during the season to watch the Yankees contend against their latest opponent. Excitementand drama is palpable throughout the crowd, especially on a crisp October night when theirheroes fight for the glory of a Championship after a grueling and often debilitating season ofvictories and defeats. When the teams captain strides up to the batters box, all eyes are rivetedin anticipation. Not only would a successful outing and victory bring honor to him and histeammates, but a championship in New York for the fans, or any other major league city for thatmatter, instills an immense sense of pride for their city as well as an overwhelming feeling ofunity.Ancient Greeks never had national broadcasting for their games or a megatron to keeptrack of the score, yet the fundamentals of competition, spectatorship, rules of play, and even theaccolades have maintained a similar releva
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