Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World
By (author) Donald G. Kyle
Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World by Donald G. Kyle
Book DescriptionThis is a readable, up-to-date, illustrated introduction to the history of sport and spectacle in the ancient world from the Ancient Near East through Greek and Hellenistic times and into the Roman Empire. * Covers athletics, combat sports, chariot racing, beast fights and gladiators. * Traces the precursors of Greek and Roman sports and spectacles in the Ancient Near East and the Bronze Age Aegean. * Investigates the origins, nature and meaning of sport, covering issues of violence, professionalism, class, gender and eroticism. * Challenges the notion that Greek sport and Roman spectacle were polar opposites. * Approaches sport and spectacle as overlapping and compatible features of civilized states and empires.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780631229704
(242mm x 165mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Donald G. Kyle
Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, Paperback (December 2014)
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.
Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity, Hardback (December 2013)
A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity presents a series of original essays that apply a socio-historical perspective to myriad aspects of ancient sport and spectacle.
Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome, Paperback (December 2000)» View all books by Donald G. Kyle
Many thousands of people and animals were killed in elaborate public spectacles in Ancient Rome. This study asks who the victims were, why they were killed in such a brutal fashion, and what happened to their bodies.
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Author Biography - Donald G. Kyle
Donald G. Kyle is Professor and Chair of History at the University of Texas at Arlington. An award-winning teacher, he has been honoured by the University as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow. He has published Athletics in Ancient Athens (Revised Edition, 1993) and Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome (1998) and co-edited Essays on Sport History and Sport Mythology (1990). He has appeared in History Channel shows on gladiators (1996) and crime in Rome (2005) and PBS and History Channel shows on the Ancient Olympics (2004).
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