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The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games
The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games by Tony Perrottet 081296991X 9780812969917
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The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games by Tony Perrottet

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 ofPagan Holidaybrings 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 sourcesincluding an actualHandbook for a Sports Coachused by the GreeksThe Naked Olympicscreates 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 experienceincluding the round-the-clock bacchanal inside the tents of the Olympic Village, the all-male nude workouts under the statue of Eros, and historys first corruption scandals involving athletes. Featuring sometimes scandalous cameos by sports enthusiasts Plato, Socrates, and Herodotus,The Naked Olympicsoffers essential insight into todays Games and an unforgettable guide to the worlds 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. Its 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

Author: Tony Perrottet

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 256

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Publication Date: 2004-06-08

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