Ancient Greece and the Olympics

Ancient Greece and the Olympics
Author: Mary Pope Osborne,Natalie Pope Boyce
Publsiher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2012-02-29
ISBN: 0307975282
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ancient Greece and the Olympics Book Excerpt:

The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! Getting the facts behind the fiction has never looked better. Track the facts with Jack and Annie!! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics, they had lots of questions. What did the ancient Greeks wear? What did they do for fun? Where were the very first Olympics held? How are our modern Olympics similar to the ancient Olympics? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. And teachers can use Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet common core text pairing needs. Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid? Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures Have more fun with Jack and Annie at MagicTreeHouse.com!

You Wouldn t Want to Be in the Ancient Greek Olympics

You Wouldn t Want to Be in the Ancient Greek Olympics
Author: Michael Ford
Publsiher: The Salariya Book Company
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2021-02-01
ISBN: 1910184675
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

You Wouldn t Want to Be in the Ancient Greek Olympics Book Excerpt:

You are a young boy in the city-state of Athens at the height of the Ancient Greek civilisation. Following several years in one of the city's schools, your father wants you to prove yourself at the most famous athletic competition of all – the Olympics. This title in the best-selling children’s history series, You Wouldn't Want To…, features full-colour illustrations which combine humour and accurate technical detail and a narrative approach placing readers at the centre of the history, encouraging them to become emotionally-involved with the characters and aiding their understanding of what life would have been like competing in the ancient Greek Olympics. Informative captions, a complete glossary and an index make this title an ideal introduction to the conventions of information books for young readers. It is an ideal text for Key Stage 2 shared and guided reading and helps achieve the goals of the Scottish Standard Curriculum 5-14.

Olympia

Olympia
Author: Robin Waterfield
Publsiher: Head of Zeus Ltd
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-11-15
ISBN: 1786691906
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Olympia Book Excerpt:

In the northwestern corner of the great peninsula of the Peloponnese, close to the meeting point of the Cladeus and Alpheus rivers, lies a peaceful river valley overlooked by the steep-sided Hill of Cronus. Here, between the eighth century BCE and the fourth century CE, rival athletes competed for glory in the ancient Olympic Games. Every four years, and from every corner of the Mediterranean world – from Samos to Syracuse and from Sparta to Smyrna – they descended on this quiet corner of southern Greece sacred to Zeus, seeking to excel in disciplines as diverse as sprinting, boxing, wrestling, trumpet blowing and chariot and mulecart racing. The victors of these ancient games may have been awarded crowns of olive leaves in recognition of their achievements, but these original Olympics were no idealistic celebration of the classical aesthetic of grace and beauty shared by all of the participating Greek city-states, but often a bitterly contested struggle between political rivals. Robin Waterfield paints a vivid picture of the reality of the ancient Olympic Games; describes the events in which competitors took part; explores their purpose, rituals and politics; and charts the vicissitudes of their remarkable thousand-year history.

The Ancient Olympic Games

The Ancient Olympic Games
Author: Charles River Editors
Publsiher: CreateSpace
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2014-03-13
ISBN: 9781497325869
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ancient Olympic Games Book Excerpt:

*Includes pictures. *Includes ancient accounts about the Games. *Includes a bibliography for further reading. "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well."- Epictetus "Many are the sights to be seen in Greece, and many are the wonders to be heard; but on nothing does Heaven bestow more care than on the Eleusinian rites and the Olympic games." - Pausanias While they are still well-known, the Olympic Games of Ancient Greece are more relevant today than most people know, and the ways in which athletic sports pervade contemporary culture is comparable only to the spirit of athleticism in Hellenic Greece. Today, a large section of the media industry is devoted exclusively to sports, and in some nations, sports even figures as a critical component of their identity. In America, the Super Bowl could be considered a holiday of sorts, and of course, today's Olympic Games capture the attention of millions and millions of people around the world for two weeks. The Ancient Olympic Games were all these things and then some. It was a ritualized spectacle of great cultural importance in Greece, as well as an international communion that celebrated both diversity and unity, but most importantly, it was an ode to the strength of the human body and a paean to the vigor of the human spirit. For over a thousand years, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD, competitors and spectators traveled from all over Europe and Asia Minor to attend the legendary contests, bringing with them not only their passion for athletics but also their poetry, music, arts, and ideas. The ancient historian Strabo captured the spirit well when he described the Olympics: ..". the glory of the temple persisted ... on account both of the festal assembly and of the Olympian Games, in which the prize was a crown and which were regarded as sacred, the greatest games in the world. The temple was adorned by its numerous offerings, which were dedicated there from all parts of Greece." Despite their international character, the Ancient Olympic Games belonged exclusively to the Greeks, even though prior to Alexander the Great, Ancient Greece consisted mostly of small city-states that warred constantly with each other. The Olympic Games served to assemble them and allow them to appreciate the commonality of their customs, gods, language, and other cultural characteristics, the very things that made them Greek. The historian Pausanias explained just how important the games were to the Greeks and their sense of pride by discussing one of the Olympics' best athletes: "Sotades at the ninety-ninth Festival was victorious in the long race and proclaimed a Cretan, as in fact he was. But at the next Festival he made himself an Ephesian, being bribed to do so by the Ephesian people. For this act he was banished by the Cretans." The Ancient Olympic Games: The History and Legacy of Antiquity's Most Famous Sports Competitions examines the origins of the games, highlights the competitions, and looks at the history and legacy of the events that spawned today's modern Olympics. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Ancient Olympics like never before, in no time at all.

The Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympics
Author: Nigel Spivey
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2012-06-14
ISBN: 0191655414
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ancient Olympics Book Excerpt:

The word 'athletics' is derived from the Greek verb 'to struggle for a prize'. After reading this book, no one will see the Olympics as a graceful display of Greek beauty again, but as war by other means. Nigel Spivey paints a portrait of the Greek Olympics as they really were - fierce contests between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assault. Victory was almost worth dying for, and a number of athletes did just that. Many more resorted to cheating and bribery. Contested always bitterly and often bloodily, the ancient Olympics were not an idealistic celebration of unity, but a clash of military powers in an arena not far removed from the battlefield.

The Ancient Greek Olympics

The Ancient Greek Olympics
Author: Richard Woff
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 32
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9780195215816
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ancient Greek Olympics Book Excerpt:

Describes the history, traditions, and competitive events connected with the Olympic games held in ancient Greece and compares the ancient athletic events to those of the modern Olympics.

Ancient Olympics

Ancient Olympics
Author: Richard Tames
Publsiher: Rigby Interactive Library
Total Pages: 32
Release: 1996
ISBN: 9781575720340
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ancient Olympics Book Excerpt:

Describes the history, traditions, and competitive events connected with the Olympic games held in ancient Greece.

The Naked Olympics

The Naked Olympics
Author: Tony Perrottet
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2004-06-08
ISBN: 1588363821
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Naked Olympics Book Excerpt:

What was it like to attend the ancient Olympic Games? With the summer Olympics’ return to Athens, Tony Perrottet delves into the ancient world and lets the Greek Games begin again. The acclaimed author of Pagan Holiday brings attitude, erudition, and humor to the fascinating story of the original Olympic festival, tracking the event day by day to re-create the experience in all its compelling spectacle. Using firsthand reports and little-known sources—including an actual Handbook for a Sports Coach used by the Greeks—The Naked Olympics creates a vivid picture of an extravaganza performed before as many as forty thousand people, featuring contests as timeless as the javelin throw and as exotic as the chariot race. Peeling away the layers of myth, Perrottet lays bare the ancient sporting experience—including the round-the-clock bacchanal inside the tents of the Olympic Village, the all-male nude workouts under the statue of Eros, and history’s first corruption scandals involving athletes. Featuring sometimes scandalous cameos by sports enthusiasts Plato, Socrates, and Herodotus, The Naked Olympics offers essential insight into today’s Games and an unforgettable guide to the world’s first and most influential athletic festival. "Just in time for the modern Olympic games to return to Greece this summer for the first time in more than a century, Tony Perrottet offers up a diverting primer on the Olympics of the ancient kind….Well researched; his sources are as solid as sources come. It's also well writen….Perhaps no book of the season will show us so briefly and entertainingly just how complete is our inheritance from the Greeks, vulgarity and all." --The Washington Post

Greek Sport and Social Status

Greek Sport and Social Status
Author: Mark Golden
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2009-09-15
ISBN: 0292778953
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Greek Sport and Social Status Book Excerpt:

From the ancient Olympic games to the World Series and the World Cup, athletic achievement has always conferred social status. In this collection of essays, a noted authority on ancient sport discusses how Greek sport has been used to claim and enhance social status, both in antiquity and in modern times. Mark Golden explores a variety of ways in which sport provided a route to social status. In the first essay, he explains how elite horsemen and athletes tried to ignore the important roles that jockeys, drivers, and trainers played in their victories, as well as how female owners tried to rank their equestrian achievements above those of men and other women. In the next essay, Golden looks at the varied contributions that slaves made to sport, despite its use as a marker of free, Greek status. In the third essay, he evaluates the claims made by gladiators in the Greek east that they be regarded as high-status athletes and asserts that gladiatorial spectacle is much more like Greek sport than scholars today usually admit. In the final essay, Golden critiques the accepted accounts of ancient and modern Olympic history, arguing that attempts to raise the status of the modern games by stressing their links to the ancient ones are misleading. He concludes that the contemporary movement to call a truce in world conflicts during the Olympics is likewise based on misunderstandings of ancient Greek traditions.

Ancient Greek Athletics

Ancient Greek Athletics
Author: Stephen Gaylord Miller
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2004-01-01
ISBN: 9780300115291
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ancient Greek Athletics Book Excerpt:

Presenting a survey of sports in ancient Greece, this work describes ancient sporting events and games. It considers the role of women and amateurs in ancient athletics, and explores the impact of these games on art, literature and politics.

A Brief History of the Olympic Games

A Brief History of the Olympic Games
Author: David C. Young
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2008-04-15
ISBN: 0470777753
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Brief History of the Olympic Games Book Excerpt:

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.

The Ancient Olympic Games

The Ancient Olympic Games
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 48
Release: 2020-11-12
ISBN: 152631830X
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ancient Olympic Games Book Excerpt:

Travel back in time to Ancient Greece to discover the origins of the Olympic Games. Bright, bold and dynamic artwork bring to life the origins of the Olympic Games. Find out about the legend behind the games, the original events and the excitement that filled Olympia during the Olympic Festival. See how the competitors used to train and learn about each of the original events that took place, including chariot racing, wrestling, the discuss, javelin and boxing. Get the Olympic buzz from all the excitement of the hippodrome, Olympic ceremonies and celebrations, and learn about the importance of the Heraia - the competition for women organised by women. This book provides a brilliant and striking introduction to the Ancient Olympics for children aged 7+.

The Ancient Olympic Games

The Ancient Olympic Games
Author: Judith Swaddling
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 112
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9780292777514
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ancient Olympic Games Book Excerpt:

For over one thousand years between 776 B.C. and A.D. 395, princes, statesmen, and famous athletes gathered every four years at Olympia in western Greece to compete for the olive crowns of the ancient Olympic Games. Judith Swaddling traces the mythological and religious origins of the games and describes the events, religious ceremony, and celebrations that were an essential part of the Olympic festival. The book also features a large, detailed model of the site of ancient Olympia, where, alongside religious and civic buildings, there grew an elaborate sports complex with a stadium for 40,000 spectators, indoor and outdoor training facilities, hot and cold baths, a swimming pool, and a race course. For this revised edition, three new chapters have been added, covering the diet and medical treatment of athletes; sponsorship, patronage, and propaganda; and revivals of the games. Superbly illustrated with vases, sculpture, and other works of ancient art, and with new views of the site, the new edition of this indispensable account of Ancient Olympia and the games now includes color reproduction for over half the illustrations, as well as many additional pictures.

A Visitor s Guide to the Ancient Olympics

A Visitor s Guide to the Ancient Olympics
Author: Neil Faulkner
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2012-04-24
ISBN: 0300160291
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Visitor s Guide to the Ancient Olympics Book Excerpt:

The essential handbook for the 21st-century citizen seeking a lively guided tour of the ancient Greek Olympics. Travel back to the heyday of the city-state and classical Greek civilization. Enter this distant, alien, but still familiar culture and discover what the Greeks did and didn’t do during five thrilling days in August, 388 B.C. 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 an unparalleled opportunity to travel in time, back to the excitement of ancient Olympia. “Splendidly captures the excitement, the razzmatazz, the intensity, glamour and squalor of the ancient Olympics. Packed with anecdotes and intriguing facts, the careful scholarship behind this wonderful little book is presented with gusto.”—Philip Matyszak, author of Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day “Ultimately the ancient Olympics were more of an epic frat party full of booze and sex than a prestigious sporting competition, and Faulkner paints that picture well.”—Moira E. McLaughlin, The Washington Post

Ancient Olympics

Ancient Olympics
Author: Jackie Gaff
Publsiher: Heinemann-Raintree Library
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9781403446763
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ancient Olympics Book Excerpt:

Provides an overview of how the Olympics began in ancient Greece and a look at each day's festivities.

The First Olympics of Ancient Greece

The First Olympics of Ancient Greece
Author: Lisa M. Bolt Simons
Publsiher: Raintree
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2017-02-09
ISBN: 1474717497
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The First Olympics of Ancient Greece Book Excerpt:

In ancient Greece different city-states often fought one another in deadly battles. But every four years the Greeks set aside their differences to honor the gods and compete peacefully in the Olympic Games. Learn all about the athletes, competitions, and religious ceremonies of the ancient Olympics.

Ancient Greece and The Olympics Children s Ancient History

Ancient Greece and The Olympics   Children s Ancient History
Author: Baby Professor
Publsiher: Speedy Publishing LLC
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2017-04-15
ISBN: 1541918762
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ancient Greece and The Olympics Children s Ancient History Book Excerpt:

Did you know that the ancient Greeks were also the first ones to come up with the idea of the Olympics? The idea was originally crafted to honor Zeus. From then on, the world caught on and the Olympics is now the biggest and most prestigious sports gathering worldwide. Read more details in the pages of this book.

All about the Ancient Greek Olympics

All about the Ancient Greek Olympics
Author: Jane Bingham
Publsiher: Raintree
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2015-03-12
ISBN: 1406285854
Category: Olympic games (Ancient)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

All about the Ancient Greek Olympics Book Excerpt:

This book takes a fun, age-appropriate look at Henry VIII and his six wives, as well as the lasting legacy of the changes that occurred during Henry's reign and some of the many people who lost their heads along the way. Topics covered include Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, subsequent divorce and the establishment of the Church of England, and the fate of the five wives that followed Catherine.

Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds
Author: Thomas F. Scanlon
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2014
ISBN: 0199215324
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds Book Excerpt:

From the Minoan bull-leaping to the ancient Olympics and the enigmas of their contests, this first volume of Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds contains nine articles and chapters of enduring importance to the study of sport in ancient Greece, a field located at a crucial intersection of social history, archaeology, literature, and other aspects of Greek culture. The studies have been updated with addenda by the original authors, and two of the articles that were originally published in German or French have been translated into English here for the first time. The studies, selected for breadth and importance of historical topics, include: Greek sport in its epic, heroic, and Bronze Age origins; the ancient Olympics in its relation to religion, politics, and diversity of competitors; Greek events in track and field and equestrian events. A companion second volume complements this one with studies on the social and economic aspects of Greek sport, the role of Greek sport in the Roman era, and forms, functions and venues of Roman spectacles. The articles in both volumes offer an excellent starting point to inspire newcomers to the study of ancient sport, and to give students and scholars an informative set of models for present knowledge and future research.

The Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympics
Author: Nigel Spivey
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2012-06-14
ISBN: 0199602697
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ancient Olympics Book Excerpt:

A portrait of the Greek Olympics as they really were - fierce contests between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assault. After reading this book, no one will see the Olympics as a graceful display of Greek beauty again, but as war by other means.