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By John McHugo

From Algeria and Libya to Egypt and Syria, the Arab global instructions Western headlines, while its advanced politics and cultures elude the snatch of such a lot Western readers and commentators. might be no different sector is so heavily associated with modern U.S. overseas coverage, and nowhere else does the unfolding of occasions have such major outcomes for America.

The Arabs: A Concise background argues that the major to figuring out the Arab international today—and within the years ahead—is unlocking its previous. John McHugo takes the reader on a trip throughout the political, social, and highbrow historical past of the Arabs from the Roman Empire correct as much as the current day. His sweeping and fluent account describes in brilliant element the venture of the Prophet Muhammad, the growth of Islam, the origins of Shiism, medieval and sleek conflicts, the autumn of the Ottoman Empire, the interplay with Western principles, the fight to flee overseas domination, the increase of Islamism, and the top of the period of dictators.

McHugo finds how the Arab global got here to have its current shape, why switch was once inevitable, and what offerings lie forward following the Arab Spring. This deeply trained and obtainable account is the proper access element for someone looking to understand this important a part of the realm.

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But in the early sixth century bc, athletes began to come from all over the Greek world. And a long, impressive series of victories by athletes from Magna Graecia began (see chapter 9). For many years the Olympics held center stage – indeed, the only regularly recurrent show in Greece. There were other athletic con tests. Funeral games still took place now and then (Roller 1981: 1–18). And there probably were competitions at local, annual festivals. But there were no other Panhellenic athletic festivals which drew contestants at a pre-arranged time from all parts of the Greek world.

Only one thing is wholly certain: the runners used a standing start, not the start from all fours which is now standard in the shorter modern races. There are many artistic representations of an individual runner at the start. Vase paintings and plastic art show athletes in two different upright starting positions. In the first of these, the athletes place one foot a few inches in front of the other, the arms stretched forward. In the second starting style, the athletes have their feet and legs together, parallel, and their knees are slightly bent.

Promoters can in many places now organize such contests, and they are taped for television. 295 Combat and Equestrian Events A bloody boxing match; British Museum, b–f Ampbhora, Most people call these new contests “ultimate fighting,” but some even still use the ancient Greek name, pancration. ” The presence of such an event as an integral part of the Olympic program surprises those who are overly credulous about the “glories of ancient Greece,” and often even idealize ancient Greeks as a people with especial restraint and BHOC04 42 16/4/04, 4:47 PM Combat and Equestrian Events 43 humanity.

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