International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Sport And Literature: An Overview of the Wrestling Combats in the Early Literary Texts
Ana Penjak, Hrvoje Karnincic

Sport has always inspired different artists, starting from the art of painting and the art of sculpture to literature. Form its early beginnings, different wrestling combats have been described in literary texts. Some of them are real wrestling combats and some of them are symbolic. The aim of this study was to present, in the chronological order, wrestling combats in epic texts in different cultures. For their analysis, the authors have chosen ten texts from the Mesopotamian to Middle ages literature. Yet for all these challenges, the authors believe that this study of literary representation of wrestling was worthwhile because it provided us insight into the ways which literature and sport were always connected.

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