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Asterix at the Olympic Games

(Astérix #12)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,654 ratings  ·  146 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? ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published July 22nd 2004 by Asterix (first published 1968)
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Sidharth Vardhan
Is it me or does anyone else wonder what the magic potion means for sexual lives of Ghauls?
Dirk Grobbelaar
One of the very first Asterix books I can remember reading as a kid. And it’s as good as ever.

The title leaves no room for interpretation, this story does in fact take place at the Olympic Games. In an effort to irritate the Romans, the Gauls set off for Greece to take part in the games (as Romans, of course, since they are part of the empire and would otherwise not be allowed to compete). The kicker? They plan on using the magic potion to make a clean sweep of all the events.

This doesn’t work a
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Olympic Games are about to begin! Of course, the Romans are entering. Gluteus Maximus is all getting ready to win medals for Caesar. But when the Gauls learn about the Olympic Games, they can't help but decide to join. They begin to call themselves Roman citizens since only Romans and Greeks can enter the contest, which irritates the Romans considerably. However, a setback is coming. Asterix and Obelix have no idea they cannoy rely on the magic potion.

This was a hilarious one. After the last
Daisy May Johnson
Jun 30, 2012 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
David Sarkies
Aug 27, 2013 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
Ashok Krishna
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call me obsessed, but it will always be 5 stars for my stars Asterix and Obelix! ❤️
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I just have one thing to say about this book - “brain over muscle”!
Ok maybe two - This was a great story! One of my favs no doubt.
Rollie Reid
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I still don't understand the joke about "un manque de pot" but this is still terribly funny. ...more
Joseph R.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Things are quiet in the Gaulish village that is home to Asterix. The nearby Roman encampment Aquarium is full of excitement. Their finest athlete, Gluteus Maximus, has been selected to represent Rome in the Olympic Games in Greece. He trains in the forest where his confidence is shattered by Asterix and Obelix, whose magic-potion enhanced powers make them faster and stronger. Once the village chief finds out about the games, he wants his tribe to go too. They'll easily be victorious thanks to dr ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
Welcome to 50 B.C., where one small village of Gauls is holding out against the Roman legionnaires who surround them. Asterix, the cunning little warrior, and his sidekick, Obelix, the mighty boar loving Menhir deliverer, with his dog, Dogmatix, are back. Accompanied by Getafix (the Druid who brews the magic potion), Cacofonix (the bard who grates on everyone's ears), Vitalstatistix (the tribal chief), and other villagers, they travel to the Olympics in Athens. I loved the series as a child and ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 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
Nov 29, 2015 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!
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
Nice funny book. This is the 12th book of Asterix.

Asterix and co participate in the Olympics games in Athens.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
These names will never cease to make me laugh. Veriambitious!
Francis Pellow
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
really enjoyed that all the village went on the adventure to the Olympics.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
They are like that box of open one and you don't wanna stop till you have devoured them all. :-D

Asterix at the Olympic Games is among my earliest memory of falling in love with books. As the adventure takes our friends from the li'l Gaulish village we know so well all the way to Athens and Olympia, where they compete against Romans (and Spartans, and Greeks and...well, that is beside the point), for the first time in the history of Asterix comics, as Romans. Along the way, it al
Luis Tormento
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gluteus Maximus, an athletic Roman legionary, is chosen as one of Rome's representatives for the upcoming Olympic Games in Greece. Gaius Veriambitius, his centurion, hopes to share in the glory of Olympic victory. While training in the forest, Gluteus Maximus encounters Asterix and Obelix, who unintentionally outdo him at running, the javelin and boxing, thanks to the power of the magic potion. Demoralised, he consigns himself to sweeping the Roman camp instead of training. When Veriambitius ask ...more
Suhel Banerjee
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Marking individual Asterix books is a new low, but greater men have done worse things for reading challenges.

Re-reading the series, first time as an adult. Not surprisingly finding many gems, such as naming of characters, puns etc that may have been missed as a kid. This episode in particular has some allusions to modern day doping in sports, but of course in the days of Julius Caesar. The book written in the 1970s still showed stark racist overtones, which when looked through the lens of 2019 s
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
[SPOILERS AHEAD]This was one of the few Asterix comics at home and that I remember reading every summer. On this last re-read, it was still the same excitement and captivation with the story. Dogmatix is my favourite and I liked the fact that Obelix naively happened to suggest the solution to the problem, without his knowledge. Asterix was very generous to give away his palm of victory to the Romans. Not one of my top favourites, but still very good.
Amrita  Nambiar
This is quite an accomplishment for me because it's the first french book I've read! I understood most of it, which I'm very proud of, and I got the overall gist of the book. Asterix and Obelix are classics and I obviously enjoyed reading this book! :) ...more
Oct 30, 2019 added it
... aaand i have almost finished my goodreads reading challenge xD
some will think comics don't count as books... i kind of agree, but hey it's reading all the same

besides, how else was i ever gonna get my challenge done? ;)
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this one, the Gauls decide to take part in the Olympic games.

Fun, not too punny, even a twist at the end. One of the best Asterix books.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Actual rating: 3.25
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Can Asterix and his magic potion win all the Olympic medals?
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-humor
There's apparently an audience for these predictable tales and non stop puns, but I'm not part of it. ...more
Fabiano Cerqueira
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, this graphic novel is a little below the expectations. The story is funny, but it doesn't sustain the same level of humor than the previous stories. Besides that, its development and conclusion are simplistic. ...more
Tamara Zann
I get more jokes than I used to. Simple reading for a tired evening.
Kátia Cristina
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny,, funny, funny! If you want to relax and learn history it's the best choice as you'll kill two birds with one stone!!! ...more
Saint No Stopping Us

Six out of ten. CBR format.

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

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