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Ancient Olympics

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  23 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The word "athletics" is derived from the Greek verb "to struggle or to suffer for a prize." As Nigel Spivey reveals in this engaging account of the Olympics in ancient Greece, "suffer" is putting it mildly. Indeed, the Olympics were not so much a graceful display of Greek beauty as a war fought by other means.
Nigel Spivey paints a portrait of the Greek Olympics as they re
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Hardcover, 296 pages
Published August 28th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2004)
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John 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.
Cruiseportatlas.com 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!
Jean
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating account of Olympia and the Olympic institution represented in Classical Antiquity.
Anthony Dalton
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent text. Not only highly informative, but very entertaining. Apparently well referenced, and an enjoyable and quite easy read.
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