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Published: 14 June 2012

320 Pages | 40 black and white halftones, 3 maps and figures


ISBN: 9780199602698

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The Ancient Olympics

Nigel Spivey

  • The story of the how the Olympic Games were first created
  • 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
  • Shows how Greek notions of beauty and competitiveness have influenced our modern culture
  • With a new foreword by the author on the history of the Olympics since ancient times