An Olympic Note*
This chapter examines Herodotus's account of the wooing of Agariste of Sikyon, which is part of his narrative of the battle of Marathon, to highlight two types of traditional cultural practice in ancient Greece: athletics and wedding competitions. It shows how the narrative flavour of Herodotus's account, like the pattern that emerges from a detailed look at the suitors' origins, may cast the passage in a new light. It thus reveals a pattern of Archaic practices that is seen through a further patterning of historiography. The chapter suggests that the story of Agariste's suitors may be based on an actual event involving real people.
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