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

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

Paperback Sport and History Series

By (author) Michael B. Poliakoff

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 222 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 15mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300063121
  • ISBN 13: 9780300063127
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 863,690

Product description

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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