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Exploring the past and rethinking the future of ancient sport studiesWhat did sporting competition and athletic education in the ancient world really involve? Why was it so highly valued? How did ancient athletic practices change over time? This volume answers these questions by bringing together a collection of important articles and book extracts by American and European scholars, covering gymnasium education, festival competition and victory, the role of athletic activity in conceptions of ancient identity, and the reception of the ancient athletic heritage in the modern world.Greek Athletics will appeal to anyone interested in ancient Greek history and ancient sport in particular.