Sport and Spectacle in Antiquity

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sport and Spectacle in Antiquity

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Greek Studies, History, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    1. Identifying the literary and archaeological sources on sport and spectacle in the Greek and Roman words and gaining an understanding of their coverage and limitations.
    2. Developing a critical approach to the study of sport nd spectacle in the Greek and Roman worlds.
    3. Developing an appreciation of the importance of sport and spectacle in society and its relevance to the social structures in the Greek and Roman worlds.
    4. Developing an ability to formulate opinions about and analyses of the importance and relevance of sport and spectacle in the Greek and
    Greek ideals of manliness, beauty, and excellence
    The origins of sport in the Greek World
    The Greek Competitive Festivals
    The promotion of cultural identity in the Greek World
    Games and Religion at Rome in the Republic
    The Gladiatorial 'Munus'
    Spectacle and propaganda in the early Roman Empire
    The Arena: Spectators and Participants
    Spectacle and Civilisation

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.