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A study of the impact of sport and leisure on various aspects of ancient life and their modern reconstructions. Note: course requirements in this combined 200 and 300-level course will be appropriate to the level at which the student is enrolled.
Sport and leisure practices were important for the ancient Greeks and Romans as they are today and comprise one of the greatest legacies of the ancient world on the modern, not least the idea of the Olympic Games. This course considers ancient forms of athletic contest and competition as well as other practices including Greek games held during the Olympic and other festivals and the production of literature; the symposium and the convivium; chariot-racing and circus contests in Rome; and Roman blood-sport (animal fights, gladiatorial contests and punishments of criminals in spectacles).We will examine both the archaeological and literary evidence for such events; we also look at the idea of athletes in myth, art and literature, as well as the impact that these competitions have had on our modern perceptions of sport, leisure and athletic contest.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Either 15 points of CLAS at 100-level with a B pass; or 30 points of CLAS at 100-level; or any 45 points from the Arts Schedule. RP: Any 100-level course in CLAS.
Any 100-level course in CLAS.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.