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    DescriptionA definitive survey of the Olympic games, from 776 B.C. to A.D. 261, this scholarly, yet immensely readable account of Olympic athletes in ancient times takes a highly realistic view of these fabled contests. Transporting readers back to the eighth century b.c., Professor M. I. Finley and Dr. H. W. Pleket draw upon their extensive knowledge of the ancient world to explain in absorbing detail the various sporting events and their historical, social, and religious context. They also detail the similarities and differences between ancient and modern games. Through their examination of ancient documents, the authors conclude that today's audiences would be astonished by the brutality exhibited in many of the Olympic events. The ferocity of boxing and wrestling matches, for example, is unparalleled in modern games. No event today could match the spectacle or excitement of the four-horse chariot races in which thirty to forty teams competed. Of special interest were the demands made by the victors, who expected, insisted upon, and procured material rewards for their victories, regardless of class or personal fortune. Richly illustrated with rare artwork, this authoritative account of one thousand years of early Olympic history will appeal not only to classical scholars but to all those interested in sports and athletic events.

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    The Olympic Games
    The First Thousand Years
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) M. I. Finley, By (author) H. W. Pleket
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    ISBN 13: 9780486444253
    ISBN 10: 0486444252

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: WS
    DC21: 796.48
    Libri: I-SR
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000, SPO000000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 796.48
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    LC classification: GV23 .F56 2005
    Thema V1.0: S, NH
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    40 plates, 2 maps, 16 figs.
    Dover Publications Inc.
    Imprint name
    Dover Publications Inc.
    Publication date
    28 October 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Table of contents
    Preface Plates Acknowledgements A Note on Greek Measures of Distance and Money Values Table of Dates 1. Ancient and Modern 2. Games and Festivals 3. The Olympic Programme 4. Spectators and Facilities 5. Rules and Officials 6. The Athletes 7. Training and Trainers 8. Games, Politics and Patronage 9. The Critics Epilogue Index