The Ancient Olympic Games
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The Ancient Olympic Games

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In this revised and enlarged edition of her indispensable guide to the ancient Games, Judith Swaddling traces their mythological and religious origins, and describes the events, the sacred ceremony, and the celebrations that were an essential part of the Olympic festival. A large, detailed model based on modern research and excavation reconstructs the site of ancient Olymp...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by University of Texas Press (first published January 1st 1980)
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Ian
Efficient little study of the Original Olympic Games, a distillation of what we about the site, the participants and the events. Tries hard not to get bogged down in the archeological detail, which makes it perfectly accessible for the general reader. Some nice anecdotes about the games too: my favourite being how Emperor Nero delayed the games for two years from 65 -67AD, then turned up to participate in the four horse chariot race with a chariot pulled by ten horses. As if this was not unfair...more
William Axtell
This book is wonderful! It covers every single aspect of the games in great detail, answering the sort of question most books skirt around with blather. Excellently supported by beautiful and well chosen photographs, this book covers everything from the ceremonies, organisation, setting, training of athletes and the events themselves. Added to this is a fascinating chapter on the modern games and the various other attempts to resurrect them. The writing style is lucid and engaging and I cannot r...more
Tony
I found it most interesting
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