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    DescriptionFor more than a millennium, the ancient Olympics captured the imaginations of the Greeks, until a Christianized Rome terminated the competitions in the fourth century AD. But the Olympic ideal did not die and this book is a succinct history of the ancient Olympics and their modern resurgence. Classics professor David Young, who has researched the subject for over 25 years, reveals how the ancient Olympics evolved from modest beginnings into a grand festival, attracting hundreds of highly trained athletes, tens of thousands of spectators, and the finest artists and poets.


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    Title
    A Brief History of the Olympic Games
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David C. Young
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 200
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781405111294
    ISBN 10: 1405111291
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T General Subject: 760
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    Libri: I-SR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BIC subject category V2: WSBB
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC22: 796.48
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SPO058000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GV23 \.Y68, GV23 .Y68 2004
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHT, SCBB
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    6
    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    Blackwell Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    23 July 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    David C. Young is Professor of Classics at the University of Florida and author of the acclaimed The Modern Olympics: A Struggle for Revival (1996). His Olympic Myth of Greek Amateur Athletics (1984) won the Book of the Year award from the North American Society of Sports Historians. He translated the Words of Pindar which were read out at the closing ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games.
    Review quote
    "David Young is one of the worlda s foremost experts on the Olympic Games, and this book contains many interesting details that have remained in the deep shadows of history much too long. An excellent read!" Anthony Th. Bijkerk, Secretary--General, International Society of Olympic Historians end!--> "An impressively comprehensive, clear and often vivid survey of the ancient Olympics ... The book is packed with carefully considered interventions in long--standing debates." The Journal of Hellenic Studies
    Back cover copy
    For more than a millennium, the ancient Olympics captured the imaginations of the Greeks, until a Christianized Rome terminated the competitions in the fourth century AD. But the Olympic ideal did not die and this book is a succinct history of the ancient Olympics and their modern resurgence.Classics professor David Young, who has researched the subject for over 25 years, reveals how the ancient Olympics evolved from modest beginnings into a grand festival, attracting hundreds of highly trained athletes, tens of thousands of spectators, and the finest artists and poets.
    Table of contents
    List of Figures. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Beginnings and Evidence. 3. Athletic Events. 4. Combat and Equestrian Events. 5. Zeus Country. 6. Pindar and Immortality. 7. Body, Mind, and Greek Athletics. 8. Questions of Profit and Social Class. 9. The Athletes. 10. Women and Greek Athletics. 11. Between the Greek and Roman Worlds. 12. The Later Centuries of Olympia. 13. The Origin and Authenticity of the Modern Olmpu Games. Appendix A: Chornology and Schedule of the Athletic Circuit. Appendix B: Technical Note on Discuss and Long Jump. Appendix C: Modern Issues: The Marathon and Torch Relay. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.