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Americas current concepts of recreation leisure and play have evolved from the ancient Greeks Romans and early American Colonialists and have continued to grow throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century American culture I will demonstrate this by defining the ancient Greeks and Romans ideals of recreation in their time and compare it to the defined ideals of current American recreation Americans current concepts of recreation are not solely emphasized by the ancient Greeks and Romans The are also influenced by some other primitive societies Primitive societies are ones lacking science and technology The ancient Greeks and Romans are not considered primitive societies in that they had much science and technology for their time In these primitive societies ther is no sharp distinction between work and play This is mainly on account of the fact that these people do intense bursts of work then they relax The work that they do is infused on an irregular schedule with play and ritual Rituals and leisure to these primitive people is closely associated with warfare For example the sport of the Native Americans is lacrosse The French gave the game this name to the game meaning little brother of war In contrast to primitive societies modern America has a distinct separation of work and leisure so much so that there is a saying of people who dont mix business with pleasure Modern Americans for the most part work some sort of regularly scheduled job that is usually specialized and highly repetitious In comparison we do participate in many warlike activities such as paintball football and other events The ancient Greeks had very unique recreating standards Only the wealthy citizenscitizens were only rich men could afford leisure at this time Leisure to the Greeks was not necessarily physical activities They enjoyed learning Men who could afford it usually sent their sons to school to learn about the arts Development of the mind and spirit was the
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