Sport and Society in Ancient Greece

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 10, 1998 - History - 216 pages
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Sport and Society in Ancient Greece provides a concise and readable introduction to ancient Greek sport. It covers such topics as the links between sport, religion and warfare, the origins and history of the Olympic games, and the spirit of competition among the Greeks. Its main focus, however, is on Greek sport as an arena for the creation and expression of difference among individuals and groups. Sport not only identified winners and losers. It also drew boundaries between groups (Greeks and barbarians, boys and men, males and females) and offered a field for debate on the relative worth of athletic and equestrian competition. The book includes guides to the ancient evidence and to modern scholarship on the subject.
 

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Contents

Ways of seeing Greek sport
1
The evidence and its limits
46
Reflections of victory in literature and art
74
Divisions of age and sex
104
Class difference dissent democracy
141
Conclusion
176

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