A Brief History of the Olympic Games

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John Wiley & Sons, 15.4.2008 - 200 sivua
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, reveals how the ancient Olympics evolved from modest beginnings into a grand festival, attracting hundreds of highly trained athletes, tens of thousands of spectators, and the finest artists and poets.

 

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1 Introduction
1
2 Beginnings and Evidence
12
3 Athletic Events
24
4 Combat and Equestrian Events
38
5 Zeus Country
52
6 Pindar and Immortality
67
7 Body Mind and Greek Athletics
80
8 Questions of Profit and Social Class
92
12 The Later Centuries of Olympia
130
13 The Origin and Authenticity of the Modern Olympic Games
138
Chronology and Schedule of the Athletic Circuit
158
Technical Note on Discus and Long Jump
161
Modern Issues The Marathon and Torch Relay
165
Notes
170
Glossary
175
Bibliography
177

9 The Athletes
102
10 Women and Greek Athletics
113
11 Between the Greek and Roman Worlds
122

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David C. Young is Professor of Classics at the University of Florida and author of the acclaimed The Modern Olympics: A Struggle for Revival (1996). His Olympic Myth of Greek Amateur Athletics (1984) won the Book of the Year award from the North American Society of Sports Historians. He translated the Words of Pindar which were read out at the closing ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

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