Ancient Greek and Rome Games vs. Modern Day

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Every day around the world a sport game is being held at a sports arena, also known as a Stadium. These arenas are a good place to hold games because the level of spectacle being presented, such as a football game, may need a lot of space for fans to be seated and enjoy the entertainment. Who wouldn’t want to watch a sport upfront and live instead of at home? Although, there are some positives of watching games on television – the drinks are cheaper, the food is cheaper, and the couch is pretty comfortable. If you’ve got an 80 inch TV and surround sound too, then yes, that’s a pretty hard argument as to why going to a Stadium and watching it live isn’t that great. However, there is more to it than that. A couple things you experience live is the communal atmosphere, the buzz in the building, the fresh air and the feeling of 45,000 standing and cheering as one. There really is nothing like being at the game. But none of this would matter without the spectacle and skill of the athletes. Athletes during the Ancient Greek and Roman times are very similar to today’s professional players, but there are also differences that distinguish them. Athletes provide entertainment because of their skills and ability to move up the ranks to elite players. Similar to today’s athletes, back when sports was first introduced as a form of entertainment in the times of the Romans and Greeks, the brave men that stepped into an arena to compete would be looked upon as great athletes they were. “One of the reasons for professional sports popularity is that it creates losers and winners, heroes and villains. Even when looked as an individual exercise such as running or swimming, sports construct emotions and performances that are frequently hard to generate in most other pursuits” (Sayre and King, 2000). This emotion can explain why men, during the Ancient Roman times, would be criminals

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