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Asterix at the Olympic Games (Astérix #12)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,236 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
The athletes of the ancient world assemble in Athens for the Olympic Games. Asterix and the Gauls enter too, but they're due for a setback. As an artificial stimulant, magic potion is banned. Can our friends win at the Games without it? And what's the special ingredient of the other potion, the one in the cauldron in the shed with the door that doesn't close properly?
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published July 22nd 2004 by Asterix (first published 1968)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
It started off brilliantly with
anno a.C.n.L: tota Gallia, quae, ut vides, est divisa in partes quinque, a Romanis occupata est... Totane? Minime! Vicus quidam a Gallis invictis habitatus invasoribus resistere adhuc non desinit. Neque vita facilis legionariis Romanis, quibus sunt castra bene munita Babaorum, Aquarium, Laudanum, Parvibonumque...
but then it just went downhill from there. There's some kind of anti-doping message slipped into it for the kiddies.
David Sarkies
Mar 09, 2014 David Sarkies rated it really liked it
Finally the magic potion is of no use
27 August 2013

Well, this one picked up somewhat with a few more laugh out loud moments, as well as the typical on running joke (such as Obelix trying to get his share of the magic potion – he tries so much to get a taste and no matter what he does he always gets knocked back). One of the best jokes was when Obelix says to Fulliautomatix that Dogmatix is so much better because he can scratch his ear with his hind leg, and a few windows later we hear a cry 'so
Diego Guzmán
Apr 29, 2014 Diego Guzmán rated it liked it
Hay algo de este título que me desconcierta. No es la temática ni los eventos. Lo que me llama la atención son los dibujos y la presencia de de Ideafix o Idefix en el comic.

De partida, el perrito de Obelix aparece por primera vez en la vuelta a la Galia. Era un perro de Lutecia más bien peludo. Dicho título es el quinto de la serie. Es decir, el siguiente a "Los Juegos olímpicos".

Podríamos pensar que el perrito apareció en este libro y que, luego, buscaron un origen en el siguiente número. Per
Jan 02, 2015 Helmut rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics que le moins minable gagne!
Was man nicht alles für eine Goldmedaille, oder in der damaligen Zeit, einen goldenen Palmzweig, tut: Unsere unbeugsamen Gallier wollen den Römern nicht gönnen, wenigstens einmal gut vor dem alten Julius dazustehen. Da aber nur Griechen und Römer an den altzeitlichen Spielen in Olympia teilnehmen dürfen, bekommt "ganz Gallien ist von den Römern besetzt" eine Interpretation, die sowohl für die Römer als auch die Gallier schwer zu akzeptieren ist... aber was tut ma
Sarah Crawford
Jan 29, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it liked it
A Roman, Gluteus Maximus, is training for the Olympic Games and thinks he's going to win until he encounters Asterix and Obelix and then he gets depressed. The tribe decides that they will compete in the games, and Asterix and Obelix will represent them.

They get to Greece and encounter Diabetes, their guide, and they visit Athens and then move on to Olympia for training.

However, they cannot compete in the games since they would be using magic potion (their version of steroids), and since Obelix
I always knew there was doping in the Olympics all the way back to the olden days.

Another fine entry in the series.
Vasco Ribeiro
Jan 03, 2015 Vasco Ribeiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in2014
Magnifica crítica bem humorada aos costumes atuais, nomeadamente às visitas turísticas em excursão, ao comportamento do público nos eventos desportivos e ao próprio desporto atual com as representações clubísticas e nacionais, bem como à visão francesa cahuvinista sobre o Mundo.
História: Um legionário romano de um dos campos próximos da aldeia (Aquarium) é seleccionado para ir aos jogos olímpicos. Os Gauleses decidem particiar, mas para isso têm de se assumir como Romanos (critério para poderem
LH Johnson
Jun 30, 2012 LH Johnson rated it really liked it
Oh I love Asterix. It's been a constant in my life and along with Twinkle and Bunty was one of the first comics I read. In a fit of topicality, I picked up Asterix At The Olympic Games. And, very simply, it's great. This would be a superb introduction to the Olympics for somebody just starting to explore comics and language (and it could be a very nice parent / child joint-read).

The Asterix books are full of puns and wordplay. They're stamped into nearly every frame and the vitality of these is
Ryan Ronan Binny
Apr 02, 2013 Ryan Ronan Binny rated it it was amazing
Asterix and the Olympic Games is a great and interesting comic book that should be read by people who don't read comics but adored to comic lovers.This type of genre is an action/adventure with that slightest touch of humour. This story starts in a time where the Romans have taken over most of a country called Gaul,but still standing is one Gaulish Village against them and determined to keep there village alive. They find out that the Romans are going to the Olympic Games,the only other people a ...more
Manuel Chiofi
Jan 28, 2016 Manuel Chiofi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eccezionale parodia dei giochi olimpici...e di molto altro.
I galli si mettono in testa di partecipare alla competizione. Così si imbarcano per la Grecia, ma dovranno vedersela con i Romani e i Greci, pronti a tutto pure di vincere.
In questo volume gli spunti interessanti sono molteplici. Al di là dell'evento principale, i Galli la prendono come un viaggio organizzato con crociera e visita alle bellezze di Atene. Non posso dire troppo perché rovinerei la sorpresa. Vi dico solo: leggetelo!
Sep 14, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it
I found the world play in this title was particularly funny ("The athletes, both Greek and Roman get into position for the first race: 20 laps up and down the stadium. They are all, at the present, tense..." heeheehee) but I also think this Asterix story is one that demonstrates Asterix at his best, as a clever little warrior who is also kind.
Matti Karjalainen
Goscinnyn ja Uderzon kynä oli parhaimmillaan miekkaa mahtavampi; hyvänä esimerkkinä tästä on vuonna 1968 ilmestynyt "Asterix olympialaisissa". Suuren urheilujuhlan ympärille rakentuva seikkailu on kaikin puolin onnistunut, ja tekijät repivät huumoria erityisesti gallialaisten kisaturistien ennakkoluuloisesta ja ylemmyydentuntoisesta asenteesta.
Aug 18, 2014 Sneha rated it really liked it
The Gauls compete in the Olympic Games sure to win with the aid of the magic potion until a twist is provided through the rule that no illegal substance can be taken during the Games! A fun read where everyone when discouraged takes to sweeping.
Mikko Saari
May 27, 2014 Mikko Saari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Asterix. Asterix and Obelix participate in the Olympic games, much to the chagrin of the of the Romans. All the men in the village join in to support Asterix and Obelix, and much hilarity ensues. There are even doping issues... Funny story.
Linda Hall
May 28, 2014 Linda Hall rated it it was amazing
AWESOME!!! There is nothing that comes close to Asterix - I have the whole series, both on e-books and hard-copy and they are some of most treasured possessions. I grew up with them and they are simply the best!
Apr 24, 2015 Jerome rated it it was amazing
The Romans are training an Olympic athlete in one of the camps surrounding the Gauls’ village, but their superhuman antics make him look like a fool. The complaints of the Romans give the Gauls the idea to go the Olympics as a team of their own. When the Romans object, the Gauls claim to be Roman citizens. When in Greece, the Gauls are soon forbidden from using their potion, while the Romans fall for the Gauls’ pathetic trick and find themselves out of luck.
The Gallic duo are off to Greece to compete in the Games and put the Romans to shame. One of the funniest of the Asterix books.
Denim Datta
Sep 17, 2014 Denim Datta rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, comics, comedy
Nice funny book. This is the 12th book of Asterix.

Asterix and co participate in the Olympics games in Athens.
Edward Davies
Aug 30, 2015 Edward Davies rated it really liked it
This is one to read whenever the Olympics are around. Full of grownup humour and visual gags for the kids.
Jan 04, 2016 Sruthi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Asterix book and I must say, I probably will not buy another one. It was very OK. Wasn't as funny as people make it out to be and though it is just 50 pages, it is definitely a slow read.

The story line has no depth. The story is too short. The drawings are not up to par. And I hate the fact that a lot of supporting characters look alike.

I guess you either are a tintin fan or an Asterix fan. I certainly am the former!
César Viteri
Dec 23, 2014 César Viteri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vegestorix: ¡He rejuvenecido *hip* 10 años!
Astérix: ¡Esto quiere decir que aún tienes 83 y que deberías estar en la cama!
Graham Armstrong
Feb 26, 2015 Graham Armstrong rated it it was amazing
Another trip down memory lane. Still made me chuckle even at the age of 38
Jun 06, 2015 Ojo rated it really liked it
These names will never cease to make me laugh. Veriambitious!
Aug 10, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
One of the all time Asterix classics. Excuse the pun.

Saint No Stopping Us

Six out of ten. CBR format.

Asterix and Obelix (and friends) enter for the Olympic games in Athens.

Nomad nimrod
Feb 04, 2015 Nomad nimrod rated it liked it
You cannot go wrong with Asterix and Obelix.
Jan 29, 2016 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, but never one of my favourites.
May 12, 2008 Hasanuddin rated it really liked it
Shelves: dunia-anak
Buku inilah awal mula aku berkenalan dengan Asterix Prajurit Galia. Keuletan dan keharmonisan sebuah kehidupan di desa yang kecil ditengah kepungan benteng-benteng Romawi. Di sesi Olimpiade, Asterix menampilkan bahwa kejujuran adalah segalanya. Mencapai suatu tujuan tidak mesti menghalalkan segala cara. Meski Asterix sering meminum jamu kuat, tapi dalam lomba atletik dirinya memilih tidak menggunakan. Berbeda dengan sikap Romawi yang menanggung beban nama besar kerajaan adikuasa harus meraih kem ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Iio rated it really liked it
very god book
Jul 18, 2015 itchy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: soft
one word: dope
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René Goscinny was a French author, editor and humorist, who is best known for the comic book Astérix, which he created with illustrator Albert Uderzo, and for his work on the comic series Lucky Luke with Morris (considered the series' golden age).

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