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    DescriptionWhat was it like to attend the Olympics in 388 B.C.? Would the experience resemble Olympic festivals as we celebrate them today? This remarkable book transports us back to the heyday of the city-state and classical Greek civilization. It invites us to enter this distant, alien, but still familiar culture and discover what the Greeks did and didn't do during five thrilling days in August 2,400 years ago. In the Olympic Stadium there were no stands, no shade - and no women allowed. Visitors sat on a grassy bank in the searing heat of midsummer to watch naked athletes compete in footraces, the pentathlon, horse and chariot races, and three combat sports - wrestling, boxing, and pankration, everyone's favourite competition, with virtually no rules and considerable blood and pain. This colourfully illustrated volume offers a complete tour of the Olympic site exactly as athletes and spectators found it. The book evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of the crowded encampment; introduces the various attendees (from champions and charlatans to aristocrats and prostitutes); and, explains the numerous exotic religious rituals. Uniquely detailed and precise, this guide offers readers an unparalleled opportunity to travel in time, back to the excitement of ancient Olympia.

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    A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Neil Faulkner
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300159073
    ISBN 10: 0300159072

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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    40 black & white illustrations + 8-pages of colour images
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Neil Faulkner is research fellow at the University of Bristol, fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and codirector of several field projects. A freelance archaeologist and historian, his previous books include Apocalypse: The Great Jewish Revolt against Rome and Rome: Empire of the Eagles. He lives in Hertfordshire, UK.
    Review quote
    "The author takes us 2,400 years back to the heyday of the city-state of Olympia. . . A time-travel guide at its best, this book reconstructs the sights, sounds and smells of the events as it conveys the excitement of the games./i>--Svetlana Grobman"The Columbia Daily Journal" (07/08/2020)