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KP241 - Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Sport

 Five pages in length
 Double spaced text (typed)
 Referenced in APA style
 Full bibliography
 Students are to answer one of the three questions set out below
 Bibliography must include at least five different academic works (articles, books, or chapters) from a list provided.   Students may seek academic material not on the list
 The paper should be submitted in class on week 10 (22/03/2010)

Question 1 – We know that sport in pre-Greek societies was vastly different than the sporting culture of Classical Greece.   What were some of the unique characteristics of Greek sports?   Discuss with reference to the Ancient Olympic Games.


John E Findling & Kimberly D. Pelle eds., Historical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996).
- R. K. Barney, “Prologue: The Ancient Games,” xxi-xl.

M. I. Finlay & H. W. Pleket, The Olympic Games: The First Thousand Years (Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Co, Ltd, 1976).

Nigel Crowther, Sport in Ancient Times (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2007), Chapters 6 & 7.

E. Norman Gardiner, Athletics of the Ancient World (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1930).

Allen Guttmann, Sports: The First Five Millennia (Amherst: The University of Massachussetts Press, 2004), chapter 3.

H.A. Harris, Sport in Greece and Rome (London: Thames and Hudson, 1972).
- Chapter 1, “Greek Athletics,” pp13-43.

Stephen G. Miller, “Turns and Lanes in the Ancient Stadium,” American Journal of Archaeology 84, no.2 (April, 1980), 159-66.

H. W. Pleket, “Games, Prizes, Athletes and Ideology,” Stadion 1 (1975), 49-89.

Michael B. Poliakoff, “Stadium and Arena: Reflections on Greek, Roman, and Contemporary Social History,” Olympika 2 (1993), 67-78.

David C. Young, The Olympic Myth of Greek Amateur Athletics (Chicago: Ares Publishers, 1984).

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