Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World (Paperback)
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Short Description for Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World * A readable, illustrated, up-to-date discussion of ancient public, competitive physical performances. * Covers athletics, combat sports, chariot racing, beast fights and gladiators. * Traces the precursors of Greek and Roman sports and spectacles in the Ancient Near East and the Bronze Age Aegean.
- Published: 25 September 2006
- Format: Paperback 424 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780631229711 ISBN 10: 063122971X
- Sales rank: 352,789
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This is a readable, up-to-date, illustrated introduction to the history of sport and spectacle in the ancient world from the Ancient Near East through Greek and Hellenistic times and into the Roman Empire. * Covers athletics, combat sports, chariot racing, beast fights and gladiators. * Traces the precursors of Greek and Roman sports and spectacles in the Ancient Near East and the Bronze Age Aegean. * Investigates the origins, nature and meaning of sport, covering issues of violence, professionalism, class, gender and eroticism. * Challenges the notion that Greek sport and Roman spectacle were polar opposites. * Approaches sport and spectacle as overlapping and compatible features of civilized states and empires.