David C. Young's A Brief History of the Olympic Games PDF

By David C. Young

ISBN-10: 1405111291

ISBN-13: 9781405111294

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 excellent didn't die and this ebook is a succinct background of the traditional Olympics and their smooth resurgence.

Classics professor David younger, who has researched the topic for over 25 years, unearths how the traditional Olympics developed from modest beginnings right into a grand competition, attracting enormous quantities of hugely expert athletes, tens of millions of spectators, and the best artists and poets.

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There is simply no evidence known for many things which one wants to learn. Several basic items still remain unclear, such as the length of the ancient distance race, and how victory was determined in the all-around athletic event, the pentathlon. Greeks are not silent about Olympia’s history, but the bulk of our literary information on the pre-Roman period, which perhaps interests us most, comes from authors who wrote many centuries after the events they report. Much of what BHOC02 18 16/4/04, 4:46 PM Beginnings and Evidence 19 they say is unreliable and sometimes surely false (Glass 2002: 155– 6).

The two posts stand upright, held only by mechanical tension. When they are released they fly forward and down, quickly dropping down the two cords which are stretched between them, one a little higher than the other. The runners, then, up to that point restrained by the hysplex cords, are suddenly allowed to speed off. Miller’s team finds the result in accord with all the evidence, and I believe his reconstruction is – in the main – correct (Valavanis 1999: 143–72, figure 19). I still see some difficulties.

These were already wrapped and could be pulled over the hand without rewrapping them each time. Hard leather strips lay over the knuckles, but BHOC04 40 16/4/04, 4:47 PM Combat and Equestrian Events 41 the fingers were still bare. The sharp thongs covered most of the forearm, and the top end was fitted with a wool band much like the sweatbands we use in tennis. The boxers could have used them to wipe off sweat, but they no doubt needed them to wipe away blood, as well. The sharp thongs were a precursor to brass knuckles, but boxing was always brutal and bloody.

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