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Competition in the ancient world

Author: Nick Fisher; Hans Van Wees
Publisher: Swansea : Classical Press of Wales, The, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ancient peoples, like modern, spent much of their time engaged in or thinking about competition. Organised competitions - with rules, audiences and winners - included the Olympic and gladiatorial games. Informal, indefinite, often violent, competition involved fundamental goals such as power, wealth and honour. The ten new studies in this book treat ancient Greece and Rome, but also the earliest human societies, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Fisher, Nick.
Competition in the Ancient World.
Swansea : Classical Press of Wales, The, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Fisher; Hans Van Wees
ISBN: 9781910589250 191058925X
OCLC Number: 1004189906
Description: 1 online resource (317 pages)
Contents: Competition in comparative perspective. Rivalry in history : an introduction / Hans van Wees ; Fame and prizes : competition and war in the Neo-Assyrian empire / Karen Radner --
Competition in Greece. Ancient Greek competition : a modern construct? / Christoph Ulf ; Conflict and community in the Iliad / William Allan and Douglas Cairns ; Peer-polity interaction and cultural competition in sixth-century Greece / Sara Forsdyke ; Competitive delights : the social effects of the expanded programme of contests in post-Kleisthenic Athens / Nick Fisher --
Competition in Rome. Lottery and elections : containing elite competition in Venice and Rome / Henrik Mouritsen ; Keeping up with the Joneses : competitive display within the Roman villa landscape / Hannah Platts ; Competitiveness and anti-competitiveness in Philostratus' Lives of the Sophists / Jason König.
Responsibility: edited by Nick Fisher and Hans van Wees.

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Ancient peoples, like modern, spent much of their time engaged in or thinking about competition. Organised competitions - with rules, audiences and winners - included the Olympic and gladiatorial games. Informal, indefinite, often violent, competition involved fundamental goals such as power, wealth and honour. The ten new studies in this book treat ancient Greece and Rome, but also the earliest human societies, and the Assyrian and Aztec empires. Together they make a case for viewing competition for superiority not as 'peculiarly Greek' but as a major driving force in ancient history.

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