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The Berkeley PlatoFrom Neglected Relic to Ancient Treasure, An Archaeological Detective Story$
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Stephen Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520258334

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520258334.001.0001

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Plato and Ribbons

Plato and Ribbons

Chapter:
Plato and Ribbons
Source:
The Berkeley Plato
Author(s):

Stephen G. Miller

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520258334.003.0011

Plato was much involved with athletics. He repeatedly used the status of the Olympic victor as representing the happiest of lives and Olympia as the best place to be honored by the dedication of a statue. Ribbons were not, however, restricted to athletic victories, even though they seem to have originated there. Other contexts for these ribbons are not so serious. One example is a kylix that has symposiasts around the exterior and a youth on the interior. Ribbons are also to be found in another athletic context: the palaistra and gymnasion—the schools of ancient Greece. Perhaps the most relevant depiction of ribbons in the palaistra, however, comes on a red-figure krater in Agrigento. Here, a herm is about to be crowned by a beribboned athlete while Nike brings a ribbon for the herm.

Keywords:   Plato, Olympia, athletics, ancient Greece, palaistra, gymnasion, herms

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