A Brief History of the Olympic Games
Copyright © 2004 David C. Young
Author(s): David C. Young
Published Online: 25 FEB 2008
Print ISBN: 9781405111294
Online ISBN: 9780470774823
About this Book
For more than a millennium, the ancient Olympics captured the imaginations of the Greeks, until a Christianized Rome terminated the competitions in the fourth century AD. But the Olympic ideal did not die and this book is a succinct history of the ancient Olympics and their modern resurgence.
Classics professor David Young, who has researched the subject for over 25 years, reveals how the ancient Olympics evolved from modest beginnings into a grand festival, attracting hundreds of highly trained athletes, tens of thousands of spectators, and the finest artists and poets.