Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World


Book Details

Author  Donald G. Kyle
Publisher  Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date   September 18, 2006
ISBN  063122971X
Pages  424

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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.

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