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Sports equipment
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[German version]

Equipment needed for training and for practising a sport in antiquity.

1) Hoplitodromia (verb ὁπλιτοδρομεῖν/hoplitodromeȋn) was the last running competition to be included in the programme of the Olympic Games (Olympia IV.) in 520 BC (65th Olympiad). In the beginning it was run in full kit (helmet, greaves, round shield), but the armour was successively reduced until only the shield (ἀσπίς/aspís) remained (cf. Paus. 6,10,4). this discipline, which only adult males entered, is represented particularly in vase paintings.

2) The torch race (λαμπαδηδρομία/lampadēd…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Sports equipment”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1119920>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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