Ancient Greek Athletics

By Stephen G. Miller

The earliest Olympic video games begun greater than twenty-five-hundred years in the past. What have been they prefer, how have been they organised, who participated? have been historical activities a method of getting ready formative years for war? during this lavishly illustrated publication, an international specialist on historic Greek athletics presents the 1st entire creation to the topic, vividly describing historical sports and video games and exploring their effect on paintings, literature, and politics. utilizing a big selection of old resources, written and visible, and together with fresh archaeological discoveries, Stephen Miller reconstructs historic Greek athletic gala's and the information of particular athletic occasions. He additionally explores broader topics, together with the position of ladies in historical athletics, where of amateurism, and the connection among athletic occasions and social and political lifestyles. released within the yr the trendy Olympic video games go back to Athens, this publication could be a resource of data and delight for someone drawn to the historical past of athletics and the origins of the world's most renowned wearing occasion.

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