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Author Potter, D. S. (David Stone), 1957-

Title The victor's crown : a history of ancient sport from Homer to Byzantium / David Potter

Publ Info Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2012]
 CCRI-Prov.  GV573 .P67 2012    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  GV573 .P67 2012    AVAILABLE
 Wheaton Stacks  GV573 .P67 2012    DUE 01-02-15
Descript xxx, 416 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Contents Ashes, linen and the origins of sport. Introduction -- Homer and the Bronze Age -- Homer and sport -- Olympia. From myth to history -- Olympia in 480 BC -- The Olympic games of 476 BC -- The festival approaches -- Winning: The equestrian events; The pentathlon and the foot races; Nudity; Pain and Suffering -- Remembering victory: The athlete as hero -- The emergence of the Panhellenic Cycle -- The world of the gymnasium. Sport and civic virtue -- Beroia -- Getting in shape and turning pro -- Roman games. Greece meets Rome -- Kings and games -- Rome and Italy -- Actors and gladiators -- Caesar, Antony, Augustus and the games -- Imperial games. Watching -- The fan's experience -- Expectations -- Crowd noise -- Dreaming of sport -- Images of sport -- Women's sports -- Gladiators: Life as a gladiator; Training and ranking; Dying; Choosing to be a gladiator -- Charioteers -- Athletes: Athletic guilds; Cheating -- Running the show: Administration; Athletics
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Presents the role of sport in the classical world from both the competitors' and the spectators' perspectives. Discusses how sport became a social force through its roles in religion, politics, and culture. Includes descriptions of conditioning, training, and competitions
LC subject Sports -- History
Greece -- Civilization
Byzantine Empire -- Civilization
ISBN 9780199842759 (pbk.)
0199842752 (pbk.)