Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World
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.show more
- Paperback | 424 pages
- 152 x 224 x 26mm | 580.61g
- 25 Sep 2006
- John Wiley and Sons Ltd
- BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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