Athletics in the Ancient World

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Courier Corporation, Nov 1, 2002 - 246 pages
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This comprehensive text focuses mostly on athletics in classical Greece and Rome, emphasizing the relationship between athletics and religion, art, and education. Also discussed are such events as throwing the discus and javelin, the pentathlon, the stadium and the foot-race, jumping, wrestling, boxing, ball play, and a Greek athletic festival. According to the Times (London) Literary Supplement, the book "should command the attention not only of classical scholars but of all who are interested in athletics for their own sake; and for such readers, [the author] has spared no pains to make his work intelligible." Unabridged republication of Athletics of the Ancient World, originally published by the Oxford University Press, London, 1930. 137 black-and-white illustrations. Bibliography. Index and Glossary.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION THE MEANING OF ATHLETICS
1
SPORTS OF THE ANCIENT EAST
4
ATHLETICS IN HOMER
16
ATHLETICS AND RELIGION
28
ATHLETICS AND ART
53
ATHLETICS AND EDUCATION
72
PROFESSIONALISM
99
ROMAN SPORTS
117
THROWING THE DISKOS
154
THROWING THE JAVELIN
169
THE PENTATHLON
177
WRESTLING
181
BOXING
197
THE PANKRATION
212
A GREEK ATHLETIC FESTIVAL
222
BALL PLAY
230

THE STADIUM AND THE FOOTRACE
128
JUMPING
144

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