The Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympics

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by Nigel Spivey
     
 

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The word 'athletics' is derived from the Greek verb 'to struggle for a prize'. After reading this book, no one will see the Olympics as a graceful display of Greek beauty again, but as war by other means. Nigel Spivey paints a portrait of the Greek Olympics as they really were - fierce contests between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers

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The word 'athletics' is derived from the Greek verb 'to struggle for a prize'. After reading this book, no one will see the Olympics as a graceful display of Greek beauty again, but as war by other means. Nigel Spivey paints a portrait of the Greek Olympics as they really were - fierce contests between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assault. Victory was almost worth dying for, and a number of athletes did just that. Many more resorted to cheating and bribery. Contested always bitterly and often bloodily, the ancient Olympics were not an idealistic celebration of unity, but a clash of military powers in an arena not far removed from the battlefield.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191655418
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
06/24/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,003,935
File size:
4 MB

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Meet the Author

Nigel Spivey teaches the classics at Cambridge University. He is the author of Understanding Greek Sculpture: Ancient Meanings, Modern Readings, Greek Art, Etruscan Art, and Enduring Creation: Art, Pain, and Fortitude.

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The Ancient Olympics 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very good. I think you have to like greece or olympics to enjoy this book.