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The Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Latin and Greek at the University of Michigan, David has spent his career writing and teaching about the classical age. He tells us of the links between ancient and modern athletics, the strange and gory details of past competitions, and the accuracy of films like Gladiator. Along the way, we learn about figures like Diocles, the six-time Olympic champion wrestler Milo of Croton, and the poet who was the Grantland Rice of ancient Greece.

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The victor's crown : a history of ancient sport from Homer to Byzantium

Book Description Quercus, UK. First Edition. Available Now. Book Description: What is Sport and why do we love it?

These two questions drive David Potter's analysis of the western tradition of competitive athletics from eighth century BC to the sixth century AD. The story of ancient sport offers a paradigm for the tale of sport in our own time.

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Incorporating the latest research, The Victor's Crown opens with an analysis of the way competitive sport emerged in Greece during the eighth century BC, and then how the great festival cycle of Classical Greece came into being during the sixth century BC. Special attention is paid to the experience of spectators and athletes, especially in the violent sports of boxing, wrestling and pancration.

We meet the great athletes of the past and discover what it was that made them so great. The rise of the Roman Empire transformed the sporting world by popularizing new forms of entertainment chiefly a specialized form of chariot racing, gladiatorial combat and beast hunts. Potter shows us what it was like to be a fan and a competitor, and how to fight like a gladiator.

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The Victor's Crown looks at the physiology of conditioning, ancient training techniques and the role of sport in education. The Roman government promoted and organized sport as a central feature of the Roman Empire, as sports provided common cultural currency to the diverse inhabitants of this vast empire. The Victor's Crown is not just a history of ancient sport, but also an examination of role sport has played throughout history.

Potter skillfully reveals how the gymnasium lay at the heart of Greek life and culture, but his passion is clearly for the Olympics. When Potter moves on to Roman sport, things get livelier still. He meticulously traces the origins, careers, and lifestyles of athletes, gladiators and charioteers alike, and demolished some cherished myths along the way.

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The story of ancient sport offers a paradigm for the sale of sport in our own time. Incorporating the latest research, The Victor's Crown opens with an analysis of the way competitive sport emerged in Greece during the eighth century BC, and then how the Olympics and other athletic festivals of Classical Greece came into being during the sixth century BC.

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Special attention is paid to the experience of spectators and athletics, especially in the violent sports of boxing, wrestling and pancration. We meet the great athletes of the past and discover what it was that made them so special. The Victor's Crown is not just a history of ancient sport, but also an examination of the role sport has played throughout history. Size:

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