The Ancient Olympics by Nigel Spivey

The Ancient Olympics

byNigel Spivey

Kobo ebook | June 14, 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.

Title:The Ancient OlympicsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 14, 2012Publisher:Oup OxfordLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0191655414

ISBN - 13:9780191655418

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