Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World

Author(s): Donald G. Kyle
Series: Ancient Cultures Series No: 5
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Nov 05, 2014
Product Number: EB00588389
Released: Nov 19, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781118613801
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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The second edition of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World updates Donald G. Kyle's award-winning introduction to this topic, covering the Ancient Near East up to the late Roman Empire. - Challenges traditional scholarship on sport and spectacle in the Ancient World and debunks claims that there were no sports before the ancient Greeks - Explores the cultural exchange of Greek sport and Roman spectacle and how each culture responded to the other's entertainment - Features a new chapter on sport and spectacle during the Late Roman Empire, including Christian opposition to pagan games and the Roman response - Covers topics including violence, professionalism in sport, class, gender and eroticism, and the relationship of spectacle to political structures