Combat Sports in the Ancient World: Competition, Violence and Culture (Paperback)
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Short Description for Combat Sports in the Ancient World A study of the practice of combat sports in the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome and the Near East. The author discusses topics such as the function of competition and violent games in ancient society, the significance of combat sport in myth and literature, and their cultic functions.
- Published: 01 June 1995
- Format: Paperback 222 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780300063127 ISBN 10: 0300063121
- Sales rank: 718,651
Full description for Combat Sports in the Ancient World
A leading authority on classical games here provides a comprehensive study of the practice of combat sports in the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Describing and analyzing the sports of boxing, wrestling, stick-fighting, and pankration, Michael B. Poliakoff discusses such topics as the function of competition and violent games in ancient society; on the social background of the participants, showing the broad spectrum of Greek athletic personnel; on the significance of the appearance of combat sport in myth and literature; and on the alleged cultic functions of the ancient combat sports. The book is copiously illustrated with photographs of numerous objects rarely or never before published.