The Pentathlon Of The Ancient World.
The Pentathlon Of The Ancient World
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A pentathlon is a contest featuring five events. The name is derived from Greek: combining the words pente (five) and -athlon (competition). The first pentathlon was documented in Ancient Greece and was part of the Ancient Olympic Games. Five events were contested over one day for the Ancient Olympic pentathlon, starting with the long jump, javelin throw, and discus throw, followed by the stadion (a short foot race) and wrestling. Pentathletes were considered to be among the most skilled athletes, and their training was often part of military service - each of the five events in the pentathlon was thought to be useful in war or battle. "The Pentathlon Of The Ancient World" by Frank Zarnowski (Visiting Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College) is a 216 page detailed descriptive history of the Greek Pentathlon including the nature of the spectacle, the method of determining victors, notable champions. Of special note is the information provided on the 18 year history of the contemporary counterpart -- the decathlon. Enhanced with the inclusion of a record book and a glossary, "The Pentathlon Of The Ancient World" is informed, informative, and highly recommended for school, community, and academic library collections. It should also be noted it is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.99).