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Brief History of the Olympic Games / Edition 1
     

Brief History of the Olympic Games / Edition 1

by David C. Young
 

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ISBN-10: 1405111305

ISBN-13: 2901405111309

Pub. Date: 07/23/2004

Publisher: Wiley

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. However, the Olympic ideal did not die and this book is a succinct history of the ancient Olympics and their modern resurgence. Classics professor David C. Young, who has researched the subject for

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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. However, the Olympic ideal did not die and this book is a succinct history of the ancient Olympics and their modern resurgence. Classics professor David C. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901405111309
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/23/2004
Series:
Wiley Brief Histories of the Ancient World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
Prefacexi
1Introduction1
2Beginnings and Evidence12
3Athletic Events24
4Combat and Equestrian Events38
5Zeus Country52
6Pindar and Immortality67
7Body, Mind, and Greek Athletics80
8Questions of Profit and Social Class92
9The Athletes102
10Women and Greek Athletics113
11Between the Greek and Roman Worlds122
12The Later Centuries of Olympia130
13The Origin and Authenticity of the Modern Olympic Games138
Appendix AChronology and Schedule of the Athletic Circuit158
Appendix BTechnical Note on Discus and Long Jump161
Appendix CModern Issues: The Marathon and Torch Relay165
Notes170
Glossary175
Bibliography177
Index181

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