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The Ancient Olympics


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Foreword to the New Edition Overture 1: `War Minus the Shooting' 2: In Training for Beautiful Goodness 3: The Programme of Agony 4: Sweet Victory 5: The Politics of Contest 6: Olympia: The Origins 7: Olympia: The Afterlife Epilogue Sources and Further Reading Index

About the Author

Nigel Spivey is Senior Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, where he also is a Fellow of Emmanuel College. As an undergraduate he won honours at the Oxford-Cambridge athletics match, and set the university record for throwing the hammer. He went on to study at the British School at Rome and the University of Pisa. He has written widely on Classical culture and beyond: among his previous publications are the prize-winning Understanding Greek Sculpture (1996) and the widely acclaimed Enduring Creation (2001). He presented the major BBC/PBS television series How Art Made the World in 2005.


`Review from previous edition Review from previous edition Excellent... fascinating background reading for anyone planning to watch Athens 2004.' Sunday Times `Spivey's prose is always full of flavour and The Ancient Olympics must rate as one of the most enjoyable and intelligent books about the ancient Greeks currently on the market.' James Davidson, Daily Telegraph `Absorbing... crammed with information about the sporting events themselves' The Spectator `For the real story of the Olympics this is the ideal read: a very lively look at the games from ancient to modern.' Publishing News `Spivey is an ideal companion for this fine journey through Greece - past and present. We find out what Olympia represented in Antiquity and how the Olympics have become a part of the Western psyche.' Bettany Hughes, historian and presenter of The Spartan and Seven Ages of Britain

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