|Mark Golden (firstname.lastname@example.org
was born in Winnipeg, raised in Ottawa, and
educated (all three degrees) at the University of Toronto. Since
1982 he has been teaching at the University of Winnipeg. He is the
author of a number of books on ancient sports, including: Sport
and Society in Ancient Greece (Cambridge, 1998) and
Sport in the Ancient World from A to Z (Routledge 2003). He is
hoping to finish Greek Sport and Social Status by the fall of
2006 and is planning a revised edition of Sport and Society in
Prof. Golden has also published a number of books on Greek private life, including Children and Childhood in Classical Athens (Johns Hopkins, 1990). With Peter Toohey he is the editor of Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome (Columbia, 2003) and of Inventing Ancient Culture (Routledge,1997).
He has a teenage son, Max, who plays volleyball and lacrosse and does various thrilling things on his bicycle. He's the athlete in the family.
Prof. Golden has
thought a lot about ancient Greek athletics. He thinks
that we take part in competitive games as a leisuretime activity
much more regularly than the Greeks did. He
suggests that they exercised and occasionally would exercise
in the form of something which would otherwise take place in a
competitive context, as we know from the accounts of Homerís heroes
in the Iliad and
the Odyssey, exercising by tossing the discus back and
forth, and by wrestling as a form of exercise.