Play and childhood in ancient Greece

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Title: Play and childhood in ancient Greece
Authors: Andreu, Eliseo | Cepero González, Mar | Rojas Ruiz, Francisco Javier | Chinchilla Mira, Juan José
Research Group/s: Grupo de Investigación Interdisciplinar en Docencia Universitaria (GIDU)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Centro de Estudios Olímpicos | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas
Keywords: Play | Tradition | Greece | Children
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva
Issue Date: Oct-2010
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Área de Educación Física y Deporte
Citation: ANDREU CABRERA, Eliseo, et al. “Play and childhood in ancient Greece”. Journal of human sport and exercise [en línea]. Vol. 5, No. 3 (Oct. 2010), ISSN 1988-5202, pp. 339-347. [consulta: 26 octubre 2010]
Abstract: The traditional games of children are the maximum exponent of a people’s culture of play, and though these games are sometimes derived from adult ceremonies, in spirit they belong to the world of children. Most authors assume that games depend on biological, cultural and psychological influences; they are considered a typical anthropological phenomenon in humans that is always transformed by culture. In Mediterranean countries, the climate was favourable for open-air play, which may have meant that it was possible to go without toys to have fun; the imagination developed with the natural surrounding elements, such as water, animals, flowers and shells. Play, childhood and physical education have formed an inseparable union throughout history, and Greece is no exception. Classical authors provided ample documentation on how children played, making it possible to identify analogies in play over the centuries. The agon as play applied from the very first instant of life and survived generation after generation.
ISSN: 1988-5202
DOI: 10.4100/jhse.2010.53.04
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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Appears in Collections:Journal of Human Sport and Exercise - 2010, Vol. 5, No. 3
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