By David C. Young
For greater than a millennium, the traditional Olympics captured the imaginations of the Greeks, till a Christianized Rome terminated the competitions within the fourth century advert. however the Olympic perfect didn't die and this booklet is a succinct heritage of the traditional Olympics and their sleek resurgence.
Classics professor David younger, who has researched the topic for over 25 years, finds how the traditional Olympics advanced from modest beginnings right into a grand pageant, attracting 1000's of hugely expert athletes, tens of hundreds of thousands of spectators, and the best artists and poets.
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Closely related to archaeology is the evidence from art, which takes us BHOC02 17 16/4/04, 4:46 PM 18 Beginnings and Evidence beyond Olympia into the larger world of ancient athletics. Our knowledge of how the events were actually performed relies heavily on the many pictures of athletes in the paintings which decorate vases unearthed around the Greek world. Fortunately, the most heavily represented period of athletic art is in the Archaic and Classical periods, which interest us most. Experts can usually date those vases within a decade, and often identify the individual painter by name.
The Olympian Odes precede Pindar’s other three “books,” and within each book the equestrian poems come ahead of those for the athletes. 123–7). Yet to raise horses for competition was not a moneymaking occupation for anyone in private enterprise. To keep stables in antiquity was extremely expensive. The cost of keeping a horse for one year was apparently equivalent to the annual pay of five soldiers or the purchase price of several slaves. Horse racing even then was the “sport of kings” and the wealthy.
He finally broke one of Theogenes’ old records. I translate the inscription from the base of his statue at Thebes (Ebert 1972: 67): Just as you see, friend, the bronze strength of this statue of Kleitomachos, so Greece saw the might of the man. No sooner did he undo from his hands the bloody boxing gloves but he was doing battle in the fierce pancration. In the third event, he did not sand his shoulders; but wrestled without being thrown, to take his third first prize from the Isthmus. He is the only man of Greece to achieve this feat.
A Brief History of the Olympic Games by David C. Young