Sheffield Classical Association
Following the success of the England women's cricket team, I wondered whether the ancient Greeks might have fielded a similarly talented side. Evidence (above) suggests that they did. Here are my selections for the team:
1. Penthesilea. A famously fast runner, but likely to fall without scoring.
2.Timycha of Sparta. Wife of Leonidas, and famous for showing courage in the face of adversity.
3. Artemisia of Caria. Secretly on the opposition's side, but an extremely talented and idiosyncratic player.
4. Sappho of Lesbos. Poet and teacher, a good solid player.
5. Aglaonike of Athens. An astronomer, she will understand how swing bowling works and thus is the wicket-keeper.
6. Cleopatra of Egypt. A drama queen, and brilliant manipulator of the new ball. Can be stung by adverse players' comments.
7. Zenobia of Palmyra. A wily, yet powerful, all-rounder. Slow left-arm.
8. Arete of Cyrene. A hedonistic philosopher; selected as captain for her cheerful optimism.
9. Aspasia of Athens. A steady all-rounder.
10. Anyte of Tegea. A poet; unlikely to score highly, but a canny spinner.
11. Hydra of Scione. Coached by her father, a brilliant swimmer. She will entertain the crowds during rain stoppages.
Gorgo of Sparta. A queen noted also as a fast runner.
Phryne of Thespiae. A courtesan who won a famous court-case by baring her breasts.
Hipparchia of Marneia. An austere philosopher who will not be swayed by loud appeals.
Hypatia of Alexandria. A famous mathematician.
Agnodice of Athens, the first known female doctor.
Theano of Croton, a mathematician to rival only Hypatia.
Thargelia of Miletus, famous for being married 14 times and a great cake-eater and pigeon-and-red-bus- fancier (I made that bit up).
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