James G. Thompson
271C Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802
Ph.D., 1971, Sport History, Penn State
Ancient Greek history, including the Aegean Bronze Age through the Classical period (ca 3000-323 B.C.). Specific research has focused on physical education as an important aspect of ancient Greek education. Additional areas of interest include Minoan bull-vaulting, the Panhellenic Games of ancient Greece, and athletic interaction with politics.
Homer as a source for a kinesiology ideal
Kinesiology and athletics in the broader context of political and military history
Kinesiology and athletics in the value system of the ancient Greeks
Thompson, J.G. (1994). The Agora: An ancient sports center. Journal of Sport History.
Thompson, J.G. (1995). Was bull vaulting possible at Gournia? Archaeological News.
Thompson, J.G. (1997). Odyssey 8: Fitzgeralds's faux pas and athletics. Aethlon: Journal of Sport Literature.