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A leading authority on classical games here provides a comprehensive study of the practice of combat sports in the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Describing and analyzing the sports of boxing, wrestling, stick-fighting, and pankration, Michael B. Poliakoff discusses such topics as the function of competition and violent games in ancient society; A leading authority on classical games here provides a comprehensive study of the practice of combat sports in the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Describing and analyzing the sports of boxing, wrestling, stick-fighting, and pankration, Michael B. Poliakoff discusses such topics as the function of competition and violent games in ancient society; on the social background of the participants, showing the broad spectrum of Greek athletic personnel; on the significance of the appearance of combat sport in myth and literature; and on the alleged cultic functions of the ancient combat sports. The book is copiously illustrated with photographs of numerous objects rarely or never before published.


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A leading authority on classical games here provides a comprehensive study of the practice of combat sports in the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Describing and analyzing the sports of boxing, wrestling, stick-fighting, and pankration, Michael B. Poliakoff discusses such topics as the function of competition and violent games in ancient society; A leading authority on classical games here provides a comprehensive study of the practice of combat sports in the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Describing and analyzing the sports of boxing, wrestling, stick-fighting, and pankration, Michael B. Poliakoff discusses such topics as the function of competition and violent games in ancient society; on the social background of the participants, showing the broad spectrum of Greek athletic personnel; on the significance of the appearance of combat sport in myth and literature; and on the alleged cultic functions of the ancient combat sports. The book is copiously illustrated with photographs of numerous objects rarely or never before published.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    There's probably some interesting stuff in here for those studying the classical period. I don't know much about that time or about Greece and Rome, and without interest or context there wasn't much in here for me. I'm not sure that the book deserves a low star rating, I'm sure it has value as a history text. I've read other books outside my field that were really interesting and compelling though, and this one didn't quite do it. For that reason, to me personally, it's taking a fairly low ratin There's probably some interesting stuff in here for those studying the classical period. I don't know much about that time or about Greece and Rome, and without interest or context there wasn't much in here for me. I'm not sure that the book deserves a low star rating, I'm sure it has value as a history text. I've read other books outside my field that were really interesting and compelling though, and this one didn't quite do it. For that reason, to me personally, it's taking a fairly low rating.

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