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Greek athletics and the genesis of sport - David Sansone

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Title
Greek athletics and the genesis of sport
Author
David Sansone
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
University of California Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19921223

How is sport in contemporary society related to sport in earlier civilizations? Why is the expenditure of energy involved in sport considered exhilarating, while the equivalent expenditure of energy in other contexts can be dispiriting? David Sansone offers answers to these questions and advances a revolutionary thesis to account for the widespread phenomenon of sport. Drawing upon ethnological findings to demonstrate the ritual character of sport, he explores the relationship between ancient Greek sport and sacrificial ritual and traces elements common to both back to primitive origins.

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David Sansone is Professor of Classics at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
136

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