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The Ancient Olympics

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Contested bitterly and bloodily, the ancient Olympics were not an idealistic celebration of unity, but a clash of military powers in an arena not far removed from the battlefield. This book presents a portrait of the Greek Olympics - fierce contests between rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assault.
Paperback, 273 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2004)
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A little too nerdy for me.
John E. Branch Jr.
Nowadays, most of us have only a vague imagining of what the ancient Olympic games were like, based on the guess that they must've resembled the modern games. This book is an excellent corrective to that view. Essentially the Greek games, like ancient Greece itself, were a different world, despite some clear similarities.

A blog post I wrote based on this book will give you some idea of its contents. JohnMorn
If you are interested in the Olympics and where they came from this book really examine the topic thoroughly. A couple of interesting things I found out. Gymnos means nude. And more than any other culture, Classical Greece emphasized working out and being fit. And our culture (Western) is the first since then to have similar notions. Fascinating stuff!
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