The Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympics

by Jackie Gaff
     
 

The first Olympic athletes stepped into the great stadium in Olympia in 776 b.c.e. Held every four years, the Olympic Games were the most important sporting events in ancient Greece. Wars and arguments of the Greek city-states were put aside while Greece's best athletes displayed their strength and speed. Crowds flocked to magnificent stadiums, and the Olympic

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The first Olympic athletes stepped into the great stadium in Olympia in 776 b.c.e. Held every four years, the Olympic Games were the most important sporting events in ancient Greece. Wars and arguments of the Greek city-states were put aside while Greece's best athletes displayed their strength and speed. Crowds flocked to magnificent stadiums, and the Olympic winners were treated as heroes. Open the pages of Ancient Olympics to read about: The ancient Greek world and the first democratic government; The ancient Greek gods and which god the Greeks believed had created the first Olympics; The athletes and many events at the Olympics, from chariot-racing and discus-throwing to an event in which athletes ran a race dressed in full armor; Why only men were allowed to compete at the Games and why some women were forbidden from even being in the stadium; All the beliefs, rituals, and celebrations that made the ancient Olympics one of the most spectacular events ever; Why the Olympic Games were eventually banned and why they were restarted in the late 1800s.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-The layout of these books tends to be a bit busy or scattered, with several images on every spread along with sidebars and boxed facts. Gaff includes a great deal of information about the ancient games with informative illustrations, most of which are reproductions of artifacts, with a few diagrams. This title also has a time line covering 776 B.C.E.-2004. Terms such as periodonikes, paidotribes, hellanodikai, and pancratium are used throughout without benefit of a pronunciation guide. Modern Olympics describes the development of the games including the Paralympics for disabled athletes. It has many full-color photos and mentions the bribery scandals related to site selection, terrorism incidents, and the use of illegal drugs. In the discussion of the Special Olympics, the term "mental retardation" is used. This title has much of the same information as Middleton's Modern Olympic Games (Heinemann Library, 1999), but the stats have been updated. Of course in this year of the 100th anniversary of the modern games and their return to Greece, libraries may want both titles.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403446763
Publisher:
Heinemann Library
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
The Olympics Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.08(w) x 11.48(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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