The world of intercollegiate athletics is poised on the brink of seismic change. While several cases make their way through the courts that fundamentally challenge the way the NCAA does business, a core group of athletically elite institutions have voted to give themselves more autonomy from NCAA rules and regulations. At the root of how we debate college athletics, Anna McCullough reminds us, are the images we have of the ancient athletic cultures of Greece and Rome. And as she demonstrates, Greece and Rome continue to shape profoundly the way we talk about sports in America.

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