By Paul Christesen, Donald G. Kyle

A significant other to activity and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity provides a sequence of essays that follow a socio-historical viewpoint to myriad elements of old activity and spectacle.

  • Covers the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire
  • Includes contributions from more than a few overseas students with quite a few Classical antiquity specialties
  • Goes past the standard concentrations on Olympia and Rome to check recreation in towns and territories through the Mediterranean basin
  • Features various illustrations, maps, end-of-chapter references, inner cross-referencing, and a close index to extend accessibility and support researchers

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Simpson, eds. 2011. Thinking the Olympics: The Classical Tradition and the Modern Games. London. Golden, M. 2004. Sport in the Ancient World from A to Z. London. Hallett, J. and M. Skinner, eds. 1997. Roman Sexualities. Princeton. Holowchak, M. , ed. 2002. Philosophy of Sport: Critical Readings, Crucial Issues. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Hornblower, S. and C. Morgan, eds. 2007. Pindar’s Poetry, Patrons, and Festivals: From Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire. Oxford. Kitroeff, A. 2004. Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics.

Chicago. Weiler, I. 1988. Der Sport bei den Völkern der alten Welt. Eine Einführung. 2nd ed. Darmstadt. Section I Greece part I The Background chapter 1 Greek Athletic Competitions The Ancient Olympics and More Donald G. 2 In the present day, on the other hand, most people are unfamiliar with the “nuts and bolts” of ancient Greek sport. This essay, accordingly, provides a basic overview of the contests, contexts, categories, terms, and rules of sport in Archaic and Classical Greece (700–323 bce).

The next essay, Paul Christesen’s exploration of sport in Sparta, begins Part II of Section I, which focuses on the practice of sport in particular places in the Greek world. Christesen reviews basic information about the practice of sport in Sparta during the Classical period (480–323 bce) and uses concepts and terminology taken from sociology to explore the relationship between sport and society in Sparta. He argues that sport fostered cohesive social relations among Sparta’s male citizens and in that way contributed meaningfully to maintaining the remarkable political stability that characterized Sparta for more than 400 years.

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