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Intimations of Sport
Intimations of sport
Introduction

We pointed out in our previous chapter that certain outdoor games have survived, in relatively similar forms, from ancient times. Although the evidence is often scanty and decontextualized (scenes painted on fragments of pottery, references from literary texts, wall paintings and artefacts from tombs), representations of activities that resemble bull fighting, wrestling, boxing, fencing, rowing, hunting, running, horseracing, swimming, polo, archery and games similar to golf and football have been found by archaeologists at Sumerian, Egyptian, Minoan, Assyrian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Harappan and Chinese sites. Consider Richard Mandell's description and interpretation of scenes found in an Egyptian tomb that were painted over four thousand years ago:

One completed fresco … from a tomb of a prince of the eleventh dynasty (2100–2000 ...

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