The Ancient Olympic GamesThe Ancient Olympic Games



For this revised edition, three new chapters have been added, covering the diet and medical treatment of athletes; sponsorship, patronage, and propaganda; and revivals of the games.

Author: Judith Swaddling

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292777515

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Page: 112

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For over one thousand years between 776 B.C. and A.D. 395, princes, statesmen, and famous athletes gathered every four years at Olympia in western Greece to compete for the olive crowns of the ancient Olympic Games. Judith Swaddling traces the mythological and religious origins of the games and describes the events, religious ceremony, and celebrations that were an essential part of the Olympic festival. The book also features a large, detailed model of the site of ancient Olympia, where, alongside religious and civic buildings, there grew an elaborate sports complex with a stadium for 40,000 spectators, indoor and outdoor training facilities, hot and cold baths, a swimming pool, and a race course. For this revised edition, three new chapters have been added, covering the diet and medical treatment of athletes; sponsorship, patronage, and propaganda; and revivals of the games. Superbly illustrated with vases, sculpture, and other works of ancient art, and with new views of the site, the new edition of this indispensable account of Ancient Olympia and the games now includes color reproduction for over half the illustrations, as well as many additional pictures.

The Ancient Olympic GamesThe Ancient Olympic Games



Between 776 BC and AD 395, the ancient Olympic Games were held every four years.

Author: Judith Swaddling

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114946259

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Page: 120

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Between 776 BC and AD 395, the ancient Olympic Games were held every four years. Tracing the mythological and religious origins of the games, this history shows a detailed model of the sports complex and covers the sponsorship and training of the athletes.

OlympiaOlympia



The remarkable story of the Ancient Olympic Games, narrated in invigorating style by a leading classical scholar and translator.

Author: Robin Waterfield

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 9781786691903

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Page: 256

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In the northwestern corner of the great peninsula of the Peloponnese, close to the meeting point of the Cladeus and Alpheus rivers, lies a peaceful river valley overlooked by the steep-sided Hill of Cronus. Here, between the eighth century BCE and the fourth century CE, rival athletes competed for glory in the ancient Olympic Games. Every four years, and from every corner of the Mediterranean world – from Samos to Syracuse and from Sparta to Smyrna – they descended on this quiet corner of southern Greece sacred to Zeus, seeking to excel in disciplines as diverse as sprinting, boxing, wrestling, trumpet blowing and chariot and mulecart racing. The victors of these ancient games may have been awarded crowns of olive leaves in recognition of their achievements, but these original Olympics were no idealistic celebration of the classical aesthetic of grace and beauty shared by all of the participating Greek city-states, but often a bitterly contested struggle between political rivals. Robin Waterfield paints a vivid picture of the reality of the ancient Olympic Games; describes the events in which competitors took part; explores their purpose, rituals and politics; and charts the vicissitudes of their remarkable thousand-year history.

The Ancient Olympic GamesThe Ancient Olympic Games



The Ancient Olympic Games were all these things and then some.

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1985003678

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Page: 70

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*Includes pictures. *Includes ancient accounts about the Games. *Includes a bibliography for further reading. "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well."- Epictetus "Many are the sights to be seen in Greece, and many are the wonders to be heard; but on nothing does Heaven bestow more care than on the Eleusinian rites and the Olympic games." - Pausanias While they are still well-known, the Olympic Games of Ancient Greece are more relevant today than most people know, and the ways in which athletic sports pervade contemporary culture is comparable only to the spirit of athleticism in Hellenic Greece. Today, a large section of the media industry is devoted exclusively to sports, and in some nations, sports even figures as a critical component of their identity. In America, the Super Bowl could be considered a holiday of sorts, and of course, today's Olympic Games capture the attention of millions and millions of people around the world for two weeks. The Ancient Olympic Games were all these things and then some. It was a ritualized spectacle of great cultural importance in Greece, as well as an international communion that celebrated both diversity and unity, but most importantly, it was an ode to the strength of the human body and a paean to the vigor of the human spirit. For over a thousand years, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD, competitors and spectators traveled from all over Europe and Asia Minor to attend the legendary contests, bringing with them not only their passion for athletics but also their poetry, music, arts, and ideas. The ancient historian Strabo captured the spirit well when he described the Olympics: "... the glory of the temple persisted ... on account both of the festal assembly and of the Olympian Games, in which the prize was a crown and which were regarded as sacred, the greatest games in the world. The temple was adorned by its numerous offerings, which were dedicated there from all parts of Greece." Despite their international character, the Ancient Olympic Games belonged exclusively to the Greeks, even though prior to Alexander the Great, Ancient Greece consisted mostly of small city-states that warred constantly with each other. The Olympic Games served to assemble them and allow them to appreciate the commonality of their customs, gods, language, and other cultural characteristics, the very things that made them Greek. The historian Pausanias explained just how important the games were to the Greeks and their sense of pride by discussing one of the Olympics' best athletes: "Sotades at the ninety-ninth Festival was victorious in the long race and proclaimed a Cretan, as in fact he was. But at the next Festival he made himself an Ephesian, being bribed to do so by the Ephesian people. For this act he was banished by the Cretans." The Ancient Olympic Games: The History and Legacy of Antiquity's Most Famous Sports Competitions examines the origins of the games, highlights the competitions, and looks at the history and legacy of the events that spawned today's modern Olympics. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Ancient Olympics like never before, in no time at all.

The Ancient Olympic GamesThe Ancient Olympic Games



This book provides a brilliant and striking introduction to the Ancient Olympics for children aged 7+.

Author: Jhonny Núñez

Publisher: Wayland

ISBN: 1526310090

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Page: 48

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Travel back in time to Ancient Greece to discover the origins of the Olympic Games. Bright, bold and dynamic artwork bring to life the origins of the Olympic Games. Find out about the legend behind the games, the original events and the excitement that filled Olympia during the Olympic Festival. See how the competitors used to train and learn about each of the original events that took place, including chariot racing, wrestling, the discuss, javelin and boxing. Get the Olympic buzz from all the excitement of the hippodrome, Olympic ceremonies and celebrations, and learn about the importance of the Heraia - the competition for women organised by women. This book provides a brilliant and striking introduction to the Ancient Olympics for children aged 7+.

Panhellenic GamesPanhellenic Games



Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

Author: Books, LLC

Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series

ISBN: 1156559537

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Page: 56

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 27. Chapters: Ancient Olympic Games, Pythian Games, Wrestling, Isthmian Games, Olympia, Greece, Pentathlon, Olympiad, Nemean Games, Epinikion, Heraean Games, Ancient Olympics in various places, Olive wreath, Chronicon, Phlegon of Tralles, Hellanodikai, Telesarchus of Aegina, Agriopas, Hieromenia, Theorodokoi, Theoroi, Alytarches, Agonothetes. Excerpt: The Olympic Games (Ancient Greek: - ta Olympia; Modern Greek: - Olympiakoi Agones) were a series of athletic competitions held for representatives of various city-states of Ancient Greece held in honour of Zeus. The exact origins of the Games are shrouded in myth and legend but records indicate that they began in 776 BC in Olympia in Greece. They were celebrated until 393 AD when they were suppressed by Theodosius I as part of the campaign to impose Christianity as a state religion. The Games were usually held every four years, or olympiad, as the unit of time came to be known. During a celebration of the Games, an Olympic Truce was enacted so that athletes could travel from their countries to the Games in safety. The prizes for the victors were olive wreaths or crowns. The Games became a political tool used by city-states to assert dominance over their rivals. Politicians would announce political alliances at the Games, and in times of war, priests would offer sacrifices to the gods for victory. The Games were also used to help spread Hellenistic culture throughout the Mediterranean. The Olympics also featured religious celebrations and artistic competitions. A great statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world was erected in Olympia to preside over the Games. Sculptors and poets would congregate each olympiad to display their works of art to would-be patrons. The ancient Olympics were rather different from the modern Games. There were fewer events, and only free m...

Sport in Ancient TimesSport in Ancient Times



Crowther offers a fascinating look at the role of sport as practiced in the ancient world.

Author: Nigel B. Crowther

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275987396

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Page: 183

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Crowther offers a fascinating look at the role of sport as practiced in the ancient world. From the Prehistoric Age in Egypt, Sumeria, Mesopotamia, and Persia to the "historic period" in ancient Greece, Rome, and the Byzantine Empire, he not only probes the games themselves, but explores the ways in which athletics figured into cultural arenas that extended beyond physical prowess to military associations, rituals, status, and politics. Among the subjects covered are Cretan bull-leaping and Bronze-Age boxing, the ancient Olympic Games, gladiatorial contests, chariot racing, and the role of women in ancient sports.

Ancient Greek and Roman LeisureAncient Greek and Roman Leisure



Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 1230559353

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Page: 96

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 94. Chapters: Ancient Olympic Games, Ancient actors, Ancient chariot racing, Gladiatorial combat, Greek and Roman dancers, Greek and Roman fictional slaves, Sport in ancient Rome, Trimalchio, Ludus duodecim scriptorum, Hippodrome, Spartacus, Wrestling, Inaugural games of the Flavian Amphitheatre, Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant, Damnatio ad bestias, Theodora, Hoop rolling, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Olympia, Greece, Lusus Troiae, Naumachia, Ludi, Pentathlon, Gladiatrix, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Gymnasium, Olympiad, Circus, Roman theatre, Ludus latrunculorum, Harpastum, The Gamesters of Triskelion, Theatre of ancient Rome, Symposium, Epinikion, Circus of Maxentius, Porphyrius the Charioteer, Trigarium, Manica, Charioteer of Delphi, Lesche, Ancient Olympics in various places, Olive wreath, Pseudolus, Chronicon, Xanthias, Pollice verso, Dimachaeri, Phlegon of Tralles, Actia, Hellanodikai, Circus Maximus, Zuma: Tales of a Sexual Gladiator, Hippocleides, Scorpus, Agriopas, De spectaculis, Fabula palliata, Gaius Appuleius Diocles, Hierocles, Bathyllus, Circus Games Mosaic, Philemon the actor, Sphaeristerium, Oplomachi, Odeon, Gladiator Mosaic, Andron, Alytarches, Ysplix, Arbelas, Follis.

The Ancient Greek OlympicsThe Ancient Greek Olympics



Describes the history, traditions, and competitive events connected with the Olympic games held in ancient Greece and compares the ancient athletic events to those of the modern Olympics.

Author: Richard Woff

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195215818

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Page: 32

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Describes the history, traditions, and competitive events connected with the Olympic games held in ancient Greece and compares the ancient athletic events to those of the modern Olympics.

Chariot of KnowledgeChariot of Knowledge



In doing so, it also reveals the motivations that have seen these truths repressed for so many centuries.Buy this book today, on the eve of this year's games in Brazil, to uncover the startling secrets behind their ancient origins.

Author: Sandra Rato

Publisher:

ISBN: 0994594313

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Page: 290

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Discover the lost history of the Ancient Olympic Games.In popular belief, the Olympic Games were primarily a Greek invention. But this covers a secret history that connects the games not only to the ?classical? societies of the Greeks and Romans, but also to the supposedly barbarian tribes of northern and western Europe.'Chariot of Knowledge? finally reveals the long-hidden story of the wider traditions that the Ancient Olympics were just one part of. Based on years of research into ancient sporting events and European mythology, it connects the famous games to a nigh-universal set of mystical beliefs that reach all the way back to the roots of Indo-European civilisation. In doing so, it also reveals the motivations that have seen these truths repressed for so many centuries.Buy this book today, on the eve of this year's games in Brazil, to uncover the startling secrets behind their ancient origins.