Sports: The Role Of Athletics In Ancient Greece

Athletics in Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece

By: Max Poland
Due: Thursday 23rd 2015
Class Period: 3rd
Word Count: 1,657

Table of Contents
Step 1: Pg. 1
Step 3: Pg. 2
Step 4: Pg. 3, 4
Step 5: Pg. 5
Step 6: Pg. 6

Step 1: Identification

The investigation will answer the question of how the sports of ancient Rome and ancient Greece have impacted their cultures respectively. This question is relevant because the way that sports impacted the society lead to the big historic events in the past. The time period that my investigation will be researching is the time of the ancient Greece which is around the 8th century to the 6th century BC. It will also be looking into the sports of ancient Rome which is around the 7th century to the
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David Ibbetson is a very credible author. Ibbetson gained his PHD and MA from Cambridge in Law. Its purpose was to inform the audience about athletic laws back in ancient Greece and ancient Rome. A value of this is that it gives the perspective of an outsider looking how sports effected the societies that implemented the laws. A limitation of this source is that it doesn’t specifically say how the society so a little more thinking was involved. This source gives lots of information on the laws that Ancient Rome and Greece implemented to keep athletes safe and people safe when athletes are training. Another Limitation of this source is it didn’t quite tell you what culture implemented the laws first. It does hint to that both societies end up using the laws to protect people and athletes. After all the investigation of this source it is found and looks to be very credible and has lots of …show more content…
Romans and Greeks had two different outlooks on what athletics they took part in and how the sports made them look. For example “The romans saw their games … as inculcating Roman virtue.” Both Romans and Greeks wanted to teach their ways of athletics. The Romans outlook of athletics was much different in the beginning of the first centuries. For example in the beginning “Romans only completed in vulgar displays of violent bloodlust and barbarity” The Romans participated in events such as bouts and gladiator battles. Some more of the games that the Romans participated in were wild beast hunts, public executions, and other gladiator contests. As said before Greeks focused on other things in athletics and training youngsters. They focused on “beauty, the body, self-control, education, and agonistic competition” This is just a few ways that these two similar societies were different. Two of the biggest ways that athletics changed the societies were mentally and scientifically. It made huge differences mentally and in the world of money and prizes. For example money was a big part of athletics very early in Greece. “As early as the sixth century B.C.E athletes were earning significant salaries and winning large prizes.” This is a very big topic because it led to other controversial and is very similar to today’s athletic politics. “Greeks always emphasized winning above

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