Something Like the Gods: A Cultural History of the Athlete from Achilles to LeBron

Something Like the Gods: A Cultural History of the Athlete from Achilles to LeBron

Stephen Amidon


A vigorous, literary exploration of 1 of the West's such a lot iconic cultural figures―the athlete

Why is the athlete so vital to us? Few public figures can dominate the general public mind's eye with such strength and authority. Even in our cynical instances, while celebrities may be debunked on the velocity of sunshine, many nonetheless glance to athletes as types for our ethical and emotional lives. An getting older fastballer is going for a couple of final wins in his ultimate season, and he turns into an exemplar for our day-by-day struggles opposed to time.

A most sensible golfer cheats on his spouse, and his habit sparks a symposium on marital constancy extra wideranging than if the lapse had come from a political candidate or spiritual chief.

Drawing from artwork, literature, politics, and background, Something just like the Gods explores the strong grip the athlete has regularly hung on the Western mind's eye. Amidon examines the archetype of the competitor because it developed from antiquity to the current day, from athlete-warriors resembling Achilles and Ulysses to worldwide media icons like Ali, Jordan, and Tiger Woods.

Above all, Something just like the Gods is a lyrical research that might attract someone who has ever imagined themselves within the spikes, boots, or footwear of our best athletes―or questioned why humans do.

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