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Sports festivals
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I. Introductory remark

The general term SF is broader than the Greek cultural phenomenon of the ἀγών/agṓn. The Greeks did not invent SF, but undoubtedly brought them to a peak with the institution of the agṓn.

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II. Egypt

The Pharaonic culture of the Nile valley, according to Hdt. 2,58-59,1 the birthplace of the festival (panḗgyris), provides clear indications for combining sports and festival i…

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Decker, Wolfgang (Cologne), “Sports festivals”, 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 17 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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