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Université de Fribourg

Hoops and Coming of Age in Greek and Roman Antiquity

Dasen, Véronique

In: Toys and Material Culture. Hybridisation, Design and Consumption. 8th International Toy Research Association World Conference, 2019, p. 1-21

Ancient hoops, usually made of wood or metal, do not survive archaeologically, but literary and iconographic representations provide information regarding the materials used, ergonomics, as well as their symbolic and cultural values. Hoops were intimately associated with youth, especially male, and this paper aims at expanding the understanding of their collective, social and religious dimensions...

Université de Fribourg

Ganymède ou l’immortalité en jeu

Dasen, Véronique

In: Kernos, 2018, vol. 31, p. 119-140

Several scenes of hoop rolling take place in a funerary context on steles and white figure lekythoi in the Greek classical period. The meaning of these scenes extends beyond the display of a mere entertainment. The hoop game is part of a network of references associating the deceased with the mythical model of Ganymede. The abduction of the Trojan prince expresses the emotion caused by the death...