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HorkosThe Oath in Greek Society$
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Alan Sommerstein and Judith Fletcher

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675679

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675679.001.0001

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‘An Olympic victory must not be bought’

‘An Olympic victory must not be bought’

Oath-taking, Cheating and Women in Greek Athletics*

(p.81) 7 ‘An Olympic victory must not be bought’

Jonathan S. Perry

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the oaths taken by Olympic athletes in ancient Greece, and their relation to a series of actual and alleged Olympic scandals that erupted in the late fifth and fourth centuries. It looks at the issue of cheating in the Olympic Games by focusing on the experience of the Spartan Kyniska, the sister of Agesilaos, during the 390s bce. The chapter considers the Kyniska episode in terms of Greek sport and women's participation in it before concluding with a discussion of oath-taking and the oaths that bound all the Greeks together at the Olympics.

Keywords:   oaths, athletes, ancient Greece, scandals, cheating, Olympic Games, Kyniska, Agesilaos, women, oath-taking

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