Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Physical Education


Physical education has played a role of varying importance in the life of all people. The earliest know races had their games, dances, and various philosophies relative to the value of unorganized physical activity. The people of India who believed strongly in subjugating the body as a means of elevating their souls discouraged the idea of enjoyable physical activity. On the other hand, the Egyptians, Babylons, and Hebrews encouraged participation and engaged in numerous sports and games. Cyrus, the great Persian leader, had a philosophy of conquest behind his belief in physical education. He used physical education as a means to train soldiers to fight and take care of themselves while on march. He required young boys, about six years old, to be trained in discipline, running jumping, javelin throwing, riding, and other skills that would build toward developing their fighting efficiency.

Committee Chair/Advisor

W.J Nicks

Committee Member

W.J Nicks


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View




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