ERIC Number: ED332962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Special Considerations in Historical Research of Leisure of Ancient Societies.
Crabtree, Robert D.
Although the scope of this article is ancient history, many of the same issues and questions, such as the impact of leisure upon our contemporary society remain within the focus of the study. History has for its subject human nature, and the record of what has been thought, said, and done. In the study of leisure of ancient societies, thoughts, quotations, and actions contribute to its understanding. Even though proper historical research techniques are utilized, a problem arises since the word leisure does not exist within many ancient cultures. This presents the problem of how to study such a society. A technique of research is discussed which applies a definition and conceptual model of leisure, based upon our current understanding, to the literature of an ancient society. A conceptual model is utilized as a means of comparing contemporary thinkers as a standard for the societal view. This technique reveals the similarities, differences, and patterns of a certain concept of the ancient society to the contemporary understanding of leisure. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Historical Materials
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Identifiers: Historical Influences; Leisure Attitudes