Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Sport
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A. Concept and ancient origins

There was no equivalent to the word 'S.' in Antiquity or the Renaissance. The English word (Middle English 'disport') originally meant 'activity that offers amusement or distraction' and developed via Old French desport (se desporter) from the Vulgar Latin deportare, 'to distract oneself' [11]. This word, which was already current in the 15th cent., did not include the modern concept, which includes high-performance and amateur competitive S. and sporting activities for health [15]. Such aspects were instead reflected in Ancient Greek and…

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Gummert, Peter (Halle an der Saale), “Sport”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 23 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004982>
First published online: 2015



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