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CLAS 2228 Ancient Athletics (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course surveys ancient sport culture and sporting events from the Greek Olympic games to the Roman gladiatorial contests. while comparing ancient and modern athletic conventions and values. Many types of evidence will be employed, including readings and translation, artistic and archaeological remains, and student participation in reconstructing ancient events. Topics to be investigated include training and competing, the rules of the games, winning and celebrating, prizes and social status, sportsmanship, professionalism versus amateurism, women in ancient athletics, the relationship between sport and religious ritual, and athletics in ancient myth.


Instructor(s): Michael Mordine

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Feb-14