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The Ancient Olympic Games

Swaddling, Judith

Verlag: The British Museum Press, London, 2011
ISBN 10: 0714119857 / ISBN 13: 9780714119854
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Titel: The Ancient Olympic Games

Verlag: The British Museum Press, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

Einband: paperback

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Paperback. Minor edge wear on covers. Binding is sound and pages are clean throughout. Text and illustrations are clear. AF. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 426740z

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Inhaltsangabe: In this revised and all-colour edition of her indispensable guide to the ancient Games, Judith Swaddling traces their mythological and religious origins, and describes the events, the sacred ceremony and the celebrations that were an essential part of the Olympic festival. A large, detailed model based on modern research and excavation reconstructs 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. Later chapters cover the diet and medical treatment of athletes, sponsorship, patronage, propaganda and revivals of the Games and a brand new chapter, based on the lateste research discusses the literary sources for the Olympic Games. The expanded final chapter on the modern Games is written in collaboration with Stewart Binns, an expert in this field who has worked closely with the International Olympic Committee over many years, and has been revised to bring the story up to the preparations for the London 2012 Games. Illustrated with gorgeous, full-colour photography and covering thousands of years of Olympic history, this fascinating book is essential reading for anyone interested in the Olympic Games.

Rezension: 'For a straightforward exposition of the detail of the Olympics it would be difficult to better The Ancient Olympic Games.' --Literary Review

'Conveys what these athletes must have felt as they competed in the environs of Olympia and its monumental temple and statue of Zeus.'
--History Today

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