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A brief history of the Olympic games

Author: David C Young
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2004.
Series: Brief histories of the ancient world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David C Young
ISBN: 1405111291 9781405111294 1405111305 9781405111300
OCLC Number: 54111254
Description: xiv, 184 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Beginnings and evidence --
Athletic events --
Combat and equestrian events --
Zeus country --
Pindar and immortality --
Body, mind, and Greek athletics --
Questions of profit and social class --
The athletes --
Women and Greek athletics --
Between the Greek and Roman worlds --
The later centuries of Olympia --
The origin and authenticity of the modern Olympic Games --
Appendix A: Chronology and schedule of the athletic circuit --
Appendix B: Technical note on discus and long jump --
Appendix C: Modern issues : the marathon and torch relay.
Series Title: Brief histories of the ancient world.
Responsibility: David C. Young.
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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. This book presents the  Read more...

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