A Brief History of the Olympic Games

A Brief History of the Olympic Games

Author(s): David C. Young

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405111294

Online ISBN: 9780470774823

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774823

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.

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