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    DescriptionPower; the power of the gods; the power of Greek cities; the power of the human body: all these were celebrated at the ancient Olympic Games. Ancient Olympia symbolized excellence and supremacy in every sense of the word, not only athletic, but also political. Every four years, this international festival carefully timed to coincide with the August full moon drew the strongest and fastest athletic champions, hoping to win glory for their city-state. With them came the ruling elite, equally intent on displaying their city's power and prestige by excelling at the Games. After the athletic contests, Olympia also served as the ideal forum for political parleys and alliances. This absorbing narrative, told from a spectators viewpoint, revolves around the Games of 416 BC a turning point in Greek politics when a cold war between Athens and other major cities was about to erupt into bloody fighting. The reader vividly experiences what it was like to be there, to witness the rituals, official banquets, bloody contests, victory celebrations and subsequent political parleys.

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    Power Games
    Ritual and Rivalry at the Ancient Greek Olympics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Stuttard
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 390 g
    ISBN 13: 9780714122724
    ISBN 10: 0714122726

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: WSBB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, HIS002010
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAG
    DC22: 796.480938
    BISAC V2.8: SPO058000, HIS054000
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD, NHC, SCBB
    Illustrations note
    90 colour illustrations
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    06 February 2012
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