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The ancient Olympics

Author: Nigel Jonathan Spivey
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The word "athletics" is derived from the Greek verb "to struggle or to suffer for a prize." As Nigel Spivey reveals in this engaging account of the Olympics in ancient Greece, "suffer" is putting it mildly. Indeed, the Olympics were not so much a graceful display of Greek beauty as a war fought by other means. Nigel Spivey paints a portrait of the Greek Olympics as they really were--fierce contexts between bitter  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Jonathan Spivey
ISBN: 0192806041 9780192806048
OCLC Number: 1004312007
Notes: Originally published: 2004.
Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 'War minus the shooting' --
In training for beautiful goodness --
The programme of agony --
Sweet victory --
The politics of contest --
Olympia: the origins --
Olympia: the afterlife.
Responsibility: Nigel Spivey.
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Contested bitterly and 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. This book presents  Read more...

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