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By Heather L. Reid

This e-book examines the connection among athletics and philosophy in old Greece and Rome occupied with the relationship among athleticism and advantage. It starts off via staring at that the hyperlink among athleticism and advantage is older than recreation, attaining again to the athletic feats of kings and pharaohs in early Egypt and Mesopotamia. It then lines the function of athletics and the Olympic video games in reworking the assumption of aristocracy as whatever received by means of beginning to whatever that may be informed. this concept of educating advantage throughout the recommendations and perform of athletics is tested relating to Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Then Roman spectacles equivalent to chariot racing and gladiator video games are studied in gentle of the philosophy of Lucretius, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius. The concluding bankruptcy connects the book’s historical observations with modern matters akin to using athletes as function types, the connection among cash and corruption, the relative worthy of participation and spectatorship, and the function of adult females in recreation.

The writer argues that there's a powerful hyperlink among game and philosophy within the historic global, calling them offspring of universal mom and dad: predicament approximately advantage and the spirit of unfastened enquiry.

This e-book was once formerly released as a unique factor of the Ethics and Sport.

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