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Greeks, Romans and the cult of victory

Greeks, Romans and the cult of victory
trefwoorden: oudheid - sport - Grieken - Romeinen
When it came to sport, the two great players in the ancient world, the Greeks and the Romans, were at a considerable variance.
The Romans hardly knew which way to look when confronted in the stadium by stark naked athletes of both sexes streaking past; and the Greeks, faced with men and women fighting to the death or being torn limb from limb by wild animals in the arena, could only wonder at what kind of culture would regard this as a suitable day out for the family. But, one way or another, the Greeks and Romans between them laid the basic foundations of competitive sports as they are now played around the globe.

Lees verder bij: The International Herald Tribune (20 september 2003)