From Athens to Beijing is the first book-length comparison of ancient Greek and Chinese sports. Bringing together leading scholars of Greece and China, it sheds new light on what is uniquely “Western” about the ancient Greek culture of the body and what is shared with Chinese tradition. This volume also explores the discrete concepts of “East” and “West,” particularly as seen through the novel lens of sport. Ultimately, it illustrates the ways in which sport expresses both the differences that divide us as well as the ecumenical pursuit of health and virtue that unites us all.
Pre-publication praise for the book
…[A] valuable volume that will be read with profit and relish by anyone with an interest in the Olympics, both in antiquity and in the modern age, and as manifested across the globe.
—Victor H. Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Pennsylvania
…[A] unique and valuable resource for the history of sports, which also offers, more broadly, fresh perspectives on comparative cultural history.
—Shigehisa Kuriyama, Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History, Harvard University
… [A]n innovative effort to compare the ideas of sports, the body, and humanism in Greece and China....
—Michael Cosmopoulos, Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Professor in Greek Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis