Sport in ancient times

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Crowther (classical studies, U. of Western Ontario, Canada) provides a historical overview of sport as a cultural practice around the world from about 3000 BCE to the Middle Ages, mentioning nonphysical recreations and games occasionally but concentrating on "activities that embrace contests, skill, training, energy, and fitness. The survey, organized by geography, discusses such topics as early forms of polo and golf in China, sumo wrestling in Japan, bull leaping and boxing in Crete, Homeric descriptions of Ancient Greek sport, Roman gladiatorial combats and chariot racing, and team ball games in Mesoamerica, among many others. The range of themes that arise is similarly broad and includes such issues as bribery, cheating, ideals, amateurism and professionalism, violence, ritual, social class, tourism, and war. Distributed in the US by the U. of Washington Press. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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table_of_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.
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