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Sport in ancient times

Author: Nigel B Crowther
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2007.
Series: Praeger series on the ancient world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Take a fascinating look at the role of sport as practiced in several important civilizations in the ancient world. Nigel Crowther not only probes the games themselves, but explores the ways in which athletics figured into cultural arenas that extended beyond physical prowess to military associations, rituals, status, and politics."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel B Crowther
ISBN: 0275987396 9780275987398
OCLC Number: 74492016
Description: xxiii, 183 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Far East : China, Japan, and Korea --
The Middle East (excluding Egypt) --
Egypt at the time of the pharaohs --
Minoan civilization --
Mycenae and Homer --
The ancient Olympic Games --
Ancient Greek athletics --
The Etruscans in ancient Italy --
Roman games and Greek athletics --
Roman recreations and physical fitness --
Recreational areas in Rome : the baths and Campus Martius --
Roman gladiators --
Roman chariot racing --
The Byzantine empire --
Three sporting heroes of the ancient world --
Women and sport : Atalanta and the "gladiator girl" --
Greco-Roman ball games and team sports --
Mesoamerican ball games.
Series Title: Praeger series on the ancient world.
Responsibility: Nigel B. Crowther.
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