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Olympia: The Story of the Ancient Olympic Games (The Landmark Library) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2018

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Nov. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786691914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786691910
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 2.5 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Robin Waterfield is a gold medallist among historians of ancient Greece. This is a carefully calibrated, deeply learned and yet accessibly study of the original Olympic Games' Professor Paul Cartledge.

'[Robin Waterfield] covers everything you could ever want to know, from excavations of Olympic sites to nudity at the games, to sports in the wider Hellenic world ... Insightful, accessible, informative' All About History.

'[A] brilliant little book ... It is scintillating stuff, but at its heart is a central point that we need to understand: for the Ancient Greeks it was all about pride, honour, self-aggrandisement and winning, not taking part' Sunday Times.

'Waterfield has written a clear, well-organised, information-packed and very readable account of this influential Ancient Greek invention. Highly recommended' BBC History Magazine.

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The remarkable story of the Ancient Olympic Games, narrated in invigorating style by a leading classical scholar and translator.

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