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Ancient Greek Athletics

ISBN-10: 0300115296
ISBN-13: 9780300115291
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.69" wide x 9.84" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

The earliest Olympic games began more than twenty-five-hundred years ago. What were they like, how were they organized, who participated? Were ancient sports a means of preparing youth for warfare? In this lavishly illustrated book, a world expert on ancient Greek athletics provides the first comprehensive introduction to the subject, vividly describing ancient sporting events and games and exploring their impact on art, literature, and politics. Using a wide array of ancient sources, written and visual, and including recent archaeological discoveries, Stephen Miller reconstructs ancient Greek athletic festivals and the details of specific athletic events. He also explores broader themes, including the role of women in ancient athletics, the place of amateurism, and the relationship between athletic events and social and political life. Published in the year the modern Olympic Games return to Athens, this book will be a source of information and enjoyment for anyone interested in the history of athletics and the origins of the world’s most famous sporting event.

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