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The author argues that there is a strong link between sport and philosophy in the ancient world, calling them offspring of common parents: concern about virtue and the spirit of free enquiry.
This book was previously published as a special issue of the Ethics and Sport.
Introduction Part 1: Athleticism and Aretē: From Aristocracy to Democracy 1. Athletic Heroes 2. Olympia: Running Towards Truth 3. Boxing with Tyrants Part 2: Sport as Training for Virtue in Classical Greek Philosophy 4. Wrestling With Socrates 5. Plato’s Gymnasium 6. Aristotle’s Pentathlete Part 3: Learning from Watching Ancient Roman Spectacles 7. The Epicurean Spectator 8. Seneca’s Gladiators 9. The Circus and the Cosmopolis 10. Conclusion: Implications for Modern Sport