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A Brief History of the Olympic Games

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For more than a millennium, the ancient Olympics captured the imaginations of the Greeks, until a Christianized Rome terminated the competitions in the fourth century AD. But the Olympic ideal did not die and this book is a succinct history of the ancient Olympics and their modern resurgence.



Classics professor David Young, who has researched the subject for over 25 years,
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 26th 2004 by Blackwell Publishers (first published January 1st 2004)
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A Brief History of the Olympic Games (“Olympic Games” being a misnomer as we’re told in the book) is a study that focuses on the Ancient Olympic Games and rides the line nicely between being a work of scholarly value and an accessible history. As such, it’s difficult to write a worthwhile review without delving deeply into its arguments and findings, as it contains enough rigour and critical insight to be worthy of a proper, academic analysis. Perhaps the simplest thing that can be said is that ...more
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