Sports and Games in the Ancient World
Santrauka: YA Olivova traces the evolution of sports and games from simple techniques in prehistoric times to detailed religious ritual and entertainment for the Greeks and Romans. She plots the growth of the Olympics and the developing rationale for professionalism with the end product, the "bread and circus" atmosphere of Imperial Roman athletics. The scholarly text, enhanced by contemporary art of each historical period, is clearly researched and reinforces Olivova's thesis that the physical culture of the ancient world had a profound influence on modern sports. Useful for classes in social studies, classics and physical education. A thorough index makes the various sports easy to locate in their historical context.