Combat Sports in the Ancient World: Competition, Violence, and Culture

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Yale University Press, 1987 - History - 202 pages
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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.
 

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I'm so glad someone else has this. Poliakoff was a prof. of mine at Georgetown—an absolutely first-rate professor and fellow. Read full review

Contents

GENERAL ASPECTS OF THE ANCIENT
7
WRESTLING
23
PANKRATION
54
STICK FIGHTING
64
THE NATURE AND PURPOSE
89
THE PARTICIPANTS IN GREEK
117
METAPHOR MYTH AND REALITY
134
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Poliakoff is deputy secretary of education.

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