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"The message that sports and games are truly pan-human activities is presented with lively descriptions, insightful ancedotes, and thoughtful reflection. This electric look at the human drama of athletic (and game-board) competition is what all sports and games ought to be:good fun."
"Many of today's sports are linked to those of the distant past. The study of the sports and games of varied cultures is therefore important. . . . This well-written reference is recommended for public and academic libraries."
"…A good introductory reference source on major games and sports played all over the world in ancient times…. An excellent resource for teachers who want to liven up their history lesson plans….Recommended especially for public libraries, as well as college or curriculum collections needing a concise introduction to sports and games."
Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
"[A] unique survey of the history of sports and games. The series is highly recommended for school, public, and academic libraries."
Lawrence Looks at Books
"…Superbly researched….This title will interest researchers and teachers searching for ways of extending their lessons on different cultures. A solid purchase."
School Library Journal
"[A]n amazing and painstakingly researched resource offering insights into the history of what was to evolve into modern-day sports and games. Many of the physical sports were practiced as much to emphasize survival skills as to relax and play. Ancient sports worldwide are discussed and evaluated in this adventurous and detailed repository filled with fascinating facts for true sports lovers. Also very highly recommended for sports history enthusiasts are the other two titles in this unique series: Sports And Games Of Medieval Cultures (0313317119, $49.95), and Sports And Games Of The 18th and 19th Centuries (0313316104, $49.95)."
"Craig provides a panoramic view of the nature of nonwork physical activity in the ancient world….Craig has produced an extraordinary trove for sports historians. Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above."
"[a]n excellent compilation of ancient games and sports drawing from variety of experts in the historical aspects of these activities."
Journal of Occupational Science