Combat Sports in the Ancient World: Competition, Violence, and Culture

April 26, 1995|
Combat Sports in the Ancient World: Competition, Violence, and Culture by Michael B. Poliakoff
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A leading authority on classical games here provides a comprehensive study of the practice of combat sports in the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Describing and analyzing the sports of boxing, wrestling, stick-fighting, and pankration, Michael B. Poliakoff discusses such topics as the function of competition and violent games in ancient society; on the social background of the participants, showing the broad spectrum of Greek athletic personnel; on the significance of the appearance of combat sport in myth and literature; and on the alleged cultic functions of the ancient combat sports. The book is copiously illustrated with photographs of numerous objects rarely or never before published.
Title:Combat Sports in the Ancient World: Competition, Violence, and Culture
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:220 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:220 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Published:April 26, 1995
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300063127

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