THM 1113 Brief Overview of the History of Leisure in Western Civilization

THM 1113 Brief Overview of the History of Leisure in Western Civilization

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Brief Overview of the History of Leisure in Western Civilization I. Ancient Egypt (5,000 BC to 700BC) A. Leisure for Religious Celebrations 1. Sacred Music – flute, oboe, harp, drums 2. Sacred Drama – religious rituals, puppet plays 3. Sacred Dance – religious dances B. Leisure for Secular Activities 1. Sports – wrestling, gymnastics, weight lifting, ball games, fishing, hunting, archery, sailing, rowing, bowling 2. Games – table games - chess, checkers, backgammon, dice 3. Toys – dolls, boats, marbles, tops, balls 4. Social Activities – drinking beer, banquets, theatre, festivals, stories, songs II. Ancient Greece (1600 BC to 295BC) A. Leisure as a Way of Life, the Highest Form of Life for Contemplation and Noble Thoughts (Scole) B. Athenian Ideal: soldier, athlete, artist, statesman, philosopher, with a strong mind and body, leading a balanced life C. Leisure for Religious Celebrations – Tributes to the Gods 1. Sacred Music, Poetry, Theatre, Sculpture (Apollo – Greek God of Music and Sport) 2. Sacred Competition – The Ancient Olympic Games (776BC to 394AD)
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2011 for the course TOURISM & 1113 taught by Professor Shapiro during the Fall '10 term at Temple.

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THM 1113 Brief Overview of the History of Leisure in Western Civilization

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