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Author Spivey, Nigel Jonathan.

Title The ancient Olympics / Nigel Spivey
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2004


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Description xxi, 273 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents 1. 'War minus the shooting' -- 2. In training for beautiful goodness -- 3. The programme of agony -- 4. Sweet victory -- 5. The politics of contest -- 6. Olympia : the origins -- 7. Olympia : the afterlife
Summary "This is the first time that the long history of the Olympic institution has been traced with reference to social behaviour, sexual habits, and the aesthetic ideals of Classical antiquity. Were there any direct links between athletics and military training? Why did Greek athletes compete in the nude? How did the Romans change the games? The mythology and archaeology of Olympia is also explored, revealing the ways in which the Greeks elevated sporting prowess to heroic status - and a mode of divine gratification."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, pages 252-264
Subject Olympic games (Ancient) -- History.
LC no. 2004046147
ISBN 0192804332 hardback
0192804332 hardback
0192804332 :
0192804332 cased
0192806041 paperback
Other Titles Subtitle on spine: History