The Ancient Olympics Paperback
The 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 40 black and white halftones, 3 maps and figures
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 14/06/2012
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780199602698