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Sports and Games of the Ancients

Sports and Games of the Ancients

Hardback Sports and Games Through History

By (author) Steve Craig

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  • Publisher: Greenwood Press
  • Format: Hardback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 230mm x 25mm | 568g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0313316007
  • ISBN 13: 9780313316005
  • Illustrations note: bibliography

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Divided according to 7 geopolitical regions of the world, Sports and Games of the Ancients describes the sports, games, and play of our earliest ancestors. Their need for survival in often hostile conditions enable them to develop skills such as long distance running or archery, and these skills were then practiced in friendly competitions that evolved into our modern day marathons and Olympic events. Covering such games as Africa's mancala and senet, the martial arts of Asia, the log run and Tejo of Latin America, and the boomerang and surfing of Oceania, this volume provides a solid picture of the sports and games of our ancient ancestors.

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.,."A good introductory reference source on major games and sports played all over the world in ancient times.... An excellent resource for teachers who want to liven up their history lesson plans....Recommended especially for public libraries, as well as college or curriculum collections needing a concise introduction to sports and games."-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

Table of contents

Introduction Africa Asia Europe Latin America Middle East North America Oceania Bibliography