Combat Sports in the Ancient World

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

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A leading authority on classical games here provides a comprehensive study of the practice of combat sports in the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Describing and analyzing the sports of boxing, wrestling, stick-fighting, and pankration, Michael B. Poliakoff discusses such topics as the function of competition and violent games in ancient society; on the social background of the participants, showing the broad spectrum of Greek athletic personnel; on the significance of the appearance of combat sport in myth and literature; and on the alleged cultic functions of the ancient combat sports. The book is copiously illustrated with photographs of numerous objects rarely or never before published.

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • 01 Jun 1995
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0300063121
  • 9780300063127
  • 870,028

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