A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics.

Faulkner, Neil.

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First of all no women allowed. Second, all athletes competed naked. There were virtually no rules, and often considerable blood and pain. This evokes the sights, sounds and smells of the crowded encampment, and explains the numerous exotic religious rituals. Spells out ‘…Where to stay and what to do, including food and drink, sexual services, and what not to miss at the 'fringe'.’

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Description

What 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 favorite competition, with virtually no rules and considerable blood and pain. This colorfully 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.

Book Details

Author Faulkner, Neil.
Format PB
Publisher Yale University Press
Imprint Yale University Press
Number of Pages 272
Illustrations 40 b-w + 8 pp. color illus.
Publish Date 15/03/2012
Catalogue Jul18
Catalogue book number 146