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    DescriptionThe 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.

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    The Ancient Olympics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nigel Spivey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 131 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 336 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199602698
    ISBN 10: 0199602697

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, WSK
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24460
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: WSBB
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 28
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Approval Code: A09207400
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC22: 796.48
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    BISAC V2.8: SPO058000
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 796.480938
    LC classification: GV23 .S69 2012
    Edition statement
    2nd ed.
    Illustrations note
    40 black and white halftones, 3 maps and figures
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    13 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    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 quote
    Engaging, well written and thought provoking. Michael Scott, The Anglo-Hellenic Review No. 47
    Table of contents
    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