In this detailed survey of the original Greek athletic festivals, Robin Hard examines the history and nature of the games, the archaeology of the sites, the character of the various competitive sports and the myths and legends associated with the Olympics.
Fully illustrated, this is the definitive guide to a central feature of Greek culture that has translated smoothly to the modern world.
1. Introduction 2. Standard events at the Greek games 3. Portrayal of competitive games in epic 4. Mythical heroes as ideal athletes 5. The mythological origins of the panhellenic games 6. Historical origins 7. The site of the Olympic festival 8. The course of events at the ancient Olympic Games 9. Other games 10. Tales of the early athletes 11. Training and regimen of athletes 12. Professionalization and later developments in athletics and the games 13. Women in athletics and at the games 14. The rediscovery of Olympia and modern revival of the Olympic Games
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