The Ancient Olympics (Paperback)
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The Ancient Olympics (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 14/06/2012
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The word 'athletics' is derived from the Greek verb 'to struggle for a prize'. After reading this book, no one will see the Olympics as a graceful display of Greek beauty again, but as war by other means. Nigel Spivey 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. Victory was almost worth dying for, and a number of athletes did just that. Many more resorted to cheating and bribery. Contested always bitterly and often 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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199602698
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 196 x 131 x 17 mm

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