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The Ancient Greek Olympics [Kindle Edition]

Richard Woff

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"Woff offers a quick overview of the ancient games' purpose and structure.... Anecdotes from ancient writers flesh out the recital, and the illustrations--a mix of classical art and artifacts with shots of 20th-century Olympians--create visual links between the old and new games."--Kirkus Reviews

"The text brings to life the sights and sounds of the spectacle. Woff provides the sort of juicy information that students will find invaluable for research. Illustrations, including photographs of Greek art and statuary, are plentiful. Beautiful images of athletes from terra-cotta amphoras give a particularly effective and lively sense of the gritty heroism of the participants. The thoughtful, coherent design allows ready access to some very interesting information."--Booklist

"A well-written and succinct examination of the ancient games. The book covers each of the five days of the Olympics, with the athletic and religious events of each day discussed."--School Library Journal

"Very appealing account... Intriguing facts enliven the story.... This book will tie in with mythology units. The athletic subject matter should appeal to reluctant readers.... Recommended."--Book Report

"A terrific resource."--Deseret News


The ancient Greeks were famous for their love of competition and athleticism. Their most important sporting festival, held at Olympia and honoring Zeus, became the inspiration for our modern Olympic games. It was open to the citizens of every Greek polis, and became so important, that all warfare had to be suspended for its duration.
This book runs through the entire five-day session of the ancient games. The athletes' training and the actual sporting events--some familiar, some quite strange to the modern reader--are described in vivid detail and illustrated with both classical art from the collections of the British Museum and photographs of the modern Games. Day Two, for instance, starts with morning activities (a procession into the hippodrome, chariot and horse races), followed by the afternoon pentathlon events (discus, javelin, running, jumping, and wrestling), and ends with the evening celebration (winners' parade, victory hymns, feast, and revels). Supplemental sidebars--such as Homer's description of Odysseus' triumphant discus throw and an explanation of why athletes and trainers had to appear naked--add lively, colorful detail. Commentary on the modern Games and a running comparison of modern and ancient athletic events is scattered throughout the book, providing an important historical perspective on today's Olympics. Three supplemental chapters--"Women at the Olympics," "Games Elsewhere in Greece," and "The End of the Olympics"--complete this fascinating look at ancient Greek customs, competitive spirit, and character.


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I checked out this book at my school library for a project about ancient civilizations. I had chose Ancient Greece for my project. The project said to focus on a certain aspect of the civilization, so I chose the Olympics. This book came in handy and was one of my resources for my project.
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