Rückblick auf die Diskussion über „Professionalismus“ im antiken Sportleben

Maróti, Egon (2003) Rückblick auf die Diskussion über „Professionalismus“ im antiken Sportleben. Acta Antiqua, 43 (1-2). pp. 29-35. ISSN 0044-5975

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Based on antique sources and on new prosopographic investigations it is clear that it is not appropriate to talk about professional competitors (“Berufsathletentum”) in the antiquity. This is evident in the case of costly chariot and horse races. Also in the case of pankration, which has been associated with professionalism most often, it can be contended that the most successful competitors were all members of wealthy noble families and they could not have financial motivations. Distinguishing between amateurism and professionalism is a modern creation. These concepts had no equivalents in the Greek language. The term amateur is derived from the Latin word amator through French, the meaning of which is toto genere different. The same is true for the derivations of the Latin professio, professionalis. The general conception concerning professional sports in the antiquity is still anachronystic and outdated.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PA Classical philology / klasszika-filológia
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Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 08:37
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 08:37

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