Through their examination of ancient documents, the authors conclude that today's audiences would be astonished by the brutality exhibited in many of the Olympic events. The ferocity of boxing and wrestling matches, for example, is unparalleled in modern games. No event today could match the spectacle or excitement of the four-horse chariot races in which thirty to forty teams competed. Of special interest were the demands made by the victors, who expected, insisted upon, and procured material rewards for their victories, regardless of class or personal fortune.
Richly illustrated with rare artwork, this authoritative account of one thousand years of early Olympic history will appeal not only to classical scholars but to all those interested in sports and athletic events.
40 unnumbered plates of illustrations, 2 maps, 16 figures.
- Author: M. I. Finley , H. W. Pleket
- ISBN-13: 978-0486444253
- Published on: 2005
- Originally published on: 1976
- Binding: Paperback
- 208 pages
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