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The Importance of 'Agon' in Archaic Culture

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This essay explores the role of 'agin' (competition) socially, culturally and politically in Archaic Culture.

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Ancient Greece Philosophy Ancient Greek philosophy Archaic Greek art Socratic dialogues Philosophy of love Greek art Black-figure pottery Archaic Greece Plato Red-figure pottery Symposium
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The competition was significant in the expansion of social class in the archaic period; it was also significant politically, specifically in relation to the Athletic Games and how athletic victory could be transformed into political power. Conviviality as competition in the Symposium was important to the cultural development in the archaic period through the different techniques of decorating vases and the scenes depicted at the base of drinking cups. The Symposium was the starting place for the development of Pre-Socratic philosophy and the competition of thinking, leading to a greater world-view and cultural importance. Competition in the archaic period, specifically in the realms of the Athletic games, the symposium and pre-Socratic philoso...
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