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Sport and spectacle in the ancient world

Author: Donald G Kyle
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, UK John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2015.
Series: Ancient cultures.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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The second edition of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World updates Donald G. Kyle's award-winning introduction to this topic, covering the Ancient Near East up to the late Roman Empire. Challenges traditional scholarship on sport and spectacle in the Ancient World and debunks claims that there were no sports before the ancient Greeks Explores the cultural exchange of Greek sport and Roman spectacle and how each  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Kyle, Donald G.
Sport and spectacle in the ancient world
Chichester, West Sussex, UK : John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2015
(DLC) 2014024694
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald G Kyle
ISBN: 9781118613801 1118613805 9781118615676 1118615670 1118613562 9781118613566
OCLC Number: 1058080903
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World; Copyright; Contents; Preface and Acknowledgments; List of Figures; List of Maps; List of Tables; Introduction: Ancient Sport History; Why Sport History?; Why ancient sport history?; Word Games: Conceptualizing Sport and Spectacle; Challenges: Evidence, Chronology, and Modernism; Greek evidence; Roman evidence; Chronology: dates and cycles; Reception and modernism; Sports and Spectacles as Cultural Performances; Greece and Rome: Positive and Negative Classicism; Sports as Spectacle, Spectacles as Sport; Notes; References. Chapter 1 Origins and Essences: Early Sport and SpectacleHunting rituals and sport; Agonism: the unique Greek?; Mesopotamian Combat Sports and Running; Egypt: Hunting and Sporting Pharaohs; Evidence and imagery; Sed festivals; Beni Hasan and displays; Sporting pharaohs of the New Kingdom; Egyptian athletics?; Egyptian hunting; Royal Hunts as a Near Eastern Tradition; States and Sports, Empires and Spectacles; Notes; References; Chapter 2 Late Bronze Age Minoans, Hittites, and Mycenaeans; Minoan Performances: Rites, Contests, or Spectacles?; The boxer rhyton and runner's ring; Bull sports. Theseus and CreteBull games abroad; Hittite Contests?; Mycenaean Contests?; A Sporting Mediterranean World; Notes; References; Chapter 3 Sport in Homer: Contests, Prizes, and Honor; Homer and His World; Values and Competition; Prizes and Spectatorship; Funeral Games for Patroklos: Prizes and Reconciliation; Contests, winners, and losers; The Odyssey: Sport and Returning Home; Games in Phaiakia; Iros; The bow contest; Epic Sport as Spectacle; Notes; References; Chapter 4 Archaic Greece: Athletics in an Age of Change; Athletic Festivals: Types and Terms. Factors and Features in the Growth of AthleticsEpic and Olympic authority; Archaic games and city-state prizes; Emerging city-states: regionalism and rivalry; Colonization: a wider world of sport; Tyrants: patronage and popular programs; Gymnasiums, Hoplites, and Society; Nudity, Status, and Democracy; Men, Boys, and Erotic Pursuits; The Coming of Age of Greek Sport; Notes; References; Chapter 5 In Search of the Ancient Olympics; The Olympics of Allusion and Illusion; Coubertin as an Olympic hero; Modern Myths and Invented Traditions. The Quagmire of Olympic Origins: Explanations and ExcavationsOlympic mythography; Modern theories; Hippias and the Olympic Victor List; Archaeological insights; Deconstructing and reconstructing early Olympia; Notes; References; Chapter 6 Ancient Olympia and Its Games; The Physical Context: Sanctuary and Facilities; The Olympic Festival: Operation and Administration; Prize wreaths and nudity; Eligibility; The Program of Contests; Footraces; Pentathlon; Combat sports; Equestrian events; Olympia and Spectacle: Politics, Problems, and Performances; Peace, politics, and Panhellenism.
Series Title: Ancient cultures.
Responsibility: Donald G. Kyle.

Abstract:

The second edition of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World updates Donald G. Kyle's award-winning introduction to this topic, covering the Ancient Near East up to the late Roman Empire. Challenges traditional scholarship on sport and spectacle in the Ancient World and debunks claims that there were no sports before the ancient Greeks Explores the cultural exchange of Greek sport and Roman spectacle and how each culture responded to the other's entertainment Features a new chapter on sport and spectacle during the Late Roman Empire, including Christian opposition to pagan games and t.

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