Mark Golden


On his book Greek Sport and Social Status

Cover Interview of May 06, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Ancient Greeks had no notion of amateurism.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Greek sport provided a field for the development and display of divisions among groups as well as among individuals.  Sport further ordered these into hierarchies. Because of their involvement in regularly-scheduled and recurrent athletic festivals, Greeks ranked above foreigners (“barbarians”), men above women, the free above slaves.”

On the second:

“Many of the elements of the Olymics often alleged to have Greek roots—the motto, the torch relay, the marathon—were never a part of the Greek festival.”