Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World

Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World by Donald G. Kyle

ISBN10: 063122971X
ISBN13: 978-0631229711
Author: Donald G. Kyle
Title: Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (September 18, 2006)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1379 kb
Size PDF: 1855 kb
Rating: 4.9/5
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Subcategory: Humanities

Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World by Donald G. Kyle



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.

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