Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World

Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Donald G. Kyle
  • Publish Date: 2006-09-18


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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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