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COMPETING FOR THE GODS

THEME: In this issue, we take a look at Greek athletic contests: The Pythian Games, The Nemean Games, The Isthmian Games, and more.

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Competing for the gods The four Crown Games

Victory laps The origins of the Pythian Games

Second to none? Pindar’s victory odes

Isthmian brawlers Theagenes and Kleitomachos

SPECIAL FEATURES

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Agony The Laocoon group

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Between arrows and ice Ovid in exile

A new window on Antiquity First fruits of DNA-research

DEPARTMENTS

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Prolegomena Editorial, on the cover, and more Reviews Two books about the Roman Empire

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The hoplite race The armed race of Nemea

A look at local competitions An inscription from Rhodes

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Perpetual holiday The Olympian Games of Antioch

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Ancient origins Puzzling over the Indo-European enigma

The philosophy of Zeno A competition on soberness

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How do they know? How to date ancient wood

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FROM PYTHON TO APOLLO A look at the mythological origins of Delphi’s Pythian Games

FLEET OF FOOT Reconstructing the hoplitodromos (armed footrace) of Nemea

PEOPLE OF THE WAGON What do we really know about the mysterious Indo-Europeans?

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