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Sport and Society in Ancient Greece

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This book provides a concise and readable introduction to ancient Greek sport. It covers such standard topics as the links between sport, religion and warfare, the origins and history of the Olympic games, and the spirit of competition among the Greeks. Its main focus, however, is on Greek sport as an arena for the creation and expression of difference among individuals an ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 2nd 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 10th 1998)
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May 22, 2016 Phil rated it really liked it
This is a re-read for me of a book which I last read, I think, around ten or fifteen years ago as a bit of a legacy of having been a TA for a ancient sports course in my last MA year (amusingly, I've seen the prof I TA-ed for rather regularly cited). I rather enjoyed the book last time I read it and did this time as well, even if some of the more technical sections were a bit hard going at times.

The main focus isn't, unlike those two standards of modern scholarship on ancient athletics, Harris a
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