SCANLON, T. F.,
Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds: Volume 1. Early Greece, The Olympics, and Contests.
Oxford University Press, 2014. 352p. Hardback. Series: Oxford Readings in Classical Studies. These volumes assemble a notable array of scholarly treatments ranging across a great many aspects of ancient sport, and they are valuable for what they reveal about the past. But perhaps their greater value is less explicit: despite the disparities, the very continuation of sport and competition through the long centuries demonstrates the continuities of human nature lurking beneath cultural and historical differences. The desire to strive, to compete, and to triumph has been common to all ages. Justin D. Lyons, Sport Literature Association 02/12/14 (Publisher's information).