Physical Capital

Early Origins of Boxing

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Why do people want to buy, sell, bet on, and invest money into human beings for entertainment purposes? How has the status of the boxer developed throughout history? In the first episode of Physical Capital, we delve into these questions and more; exploring the parallels between Roman gladiators and modern day boxers, and examining the historical commodification of the athlete’s body for other people's financial, political, and social gain.

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