Reflections on the number of athletic competitions in pre-Hellenistic Greece

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Reflections on the number of athletic competitions in pre-Hellenistic Greece. / Nielsen, Thomas Heine.

Athletics in the Hellenistic World. ed. / Christian Mann; Sofie Remijsen; Sebastian Scharff. Stuttgart : Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016. p. 31-41 2.

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Nielsen, TH 2016, Reflections on the number of athletic competitions in pre-Hellenistic Greece. in C Mann, S Remijsen & S Scharff (eds), Athletics in the Hellenistic World., 2, Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, pp. 31-41.

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Nielsen, T. H. (2016). Reflections on the number of athletic competitions in pre-Hellenistic Greece. In C. Mann, S. Remijsen, & S. Scharff (Eds.), Athletics in the Hellenistic World (pp. 31-41). [2] Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

Vancouver

Nielsen TH. Reflections on the number of athletic competitions in pre-Hellenistic Greece. In Mann C, Remijsen S, Scharff S, editors, Athletics in the Hellenistic World. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. 2016. p. 31-41. 2

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Nielsen, Thomas Heine. / Reflections on the number of athletic competitions in pre-Hellenistic Greece. Athletics in the Hellenistic World. editor / Christian Mann ; Sofie Remijsen ; Sebastian Scharff. Stuttgart : Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016. pp. 31-41

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