Ancient Greek Athletics

byStephen G. Miller

Paperback | August 1, 2006

Ancient Greek Athletics by Stephen G. Miller
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The earliest Olympic games began more than twenty-five-hundred years ago. What were they like, how were they organized, who participated? Were ancient sports a means of preparing youth for warfare? In this lavishly illustrated book, a world expert on ancient Greek athletics provides the first comprehensive introduction to the subject, vividly describing ancient sporting events and games and exploring their impact on art, literature, and politics.
Using a wide array of ancient sources, written and visual, and including recent archaeological discoveries, Stephen Miller reconstructs ancient Greek athletic festivals and the details of specific athletic events. He also explores broader themes, including the role of women in ancient athletics, the place of amateurism, and the relationship between athletic events and social and political life.
Published in the year the modern Olympic Games return to Athens, this book will be a source of information and enjoyment for anyone interested in the history of athletics and the origins of the world's most famous sporting event.
Title:Ancient Greek AthleticsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 10 X 7 X 1.44 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 10 X 7 X 1.44 inPublished:August 1, 2006Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300115296

ISBN - 13:9780300115291

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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