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Nemea: A Guide To The Site And Museum
by Stephen G. Miller
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In classical antiquity, beginning in 573 B.C., Nemea hosted international athletic competitions like those at Olympia, Delphi, and Isthmia; the games at the four sites constituted the Panhellenic cycle, and the victors were the most famous athletes of antiquity. Nemea was never a city-state but served as a religious and athletic festival center where the Greek world assembled every two years under a flag of truce.
Since 1974, excavations sponsored by the University of California at Berkeley have revealed many details of Nemea's history, as well as evidence for the nature of the buildings and other facilities which were part of the festival center. These discoveries, together with smaller finds in the museum and ancient literary and epigraphic sources, form the basis of a new and sharply defined picture of the Nemean Games.
This guidebook is an introduction to the history and physical remains of the festival center and a complement to detailed final publications on the excavation now being prepared.
From the Inside Flap
"Something never before attempted or indeed possible: a comprehensive account of Nemea as the setting for one of the four great Panhellenic sanctuaries. It will be welcomed by all students of classical civilization as well as by non-specialist visitors to Greece."--Homer A. Thompson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
"An exceptionally useful book. The Nemea excavations are crucial to our understanding of various features of Greek culture. This book puts it all together, not only for the site-visitor but also for those of us classicists who are not archaeologists. . . . [It] shares the importance of the site."--David C. Young, University of California, Santa Barbara
From the Back Cover
"Something never before attempted or indeed possible: a comprehensive account of Nemea as the setting for one of the four great Panhellenic sanctuaries. It will be welcomed by all students of classical civilization as well as by non-specialist visitors to Greece." (Homer A. Thompson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
About the Author
Stephen G. Miller is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Nemea Excavations.
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