By David C. Young
For greater than a millennium, the traditional Olympics captured the imaginations of the Greeks, until eventually 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 glossy resurgence.
Classics professor David younger, who has researched the topic for over 25 years, finds how the traditional Olympics developed from modest beginnings right into a grand pageant, attracting thousands of hugely expert athletes, tens of millions of spectators, and the best artists and poets.
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Second, there has been confusion with some myths, such as that in which Apollo unwittingly kills his young lover Hyacinthus with an errant discus throw (not a javelin). BHOC03 37 16/4/04, 4:47 PM 38 Combat and Equestrian Events 4 Combat and Equestrian Events Wrestling Wrestling metaphors permeate Greek literature. They are frequent in all three tragedians, the comic playwright Aristophanes, the orators, and philosophers (Herrmann 1995: 77–84). Authors knew they could count on their audience’s knowledge of the techniques employed in wrestling, because it was the one athletic activity practiced by almost all freeborn men in Greek society.
Theogenes had already done that twice. Like Polites (see chapter 3), instead of pursuing a risky and arduous long-term extension of his career, he decided to diversify even further. Whatever we may think of the combative events and their participants, any man who became a master of all three, then won them all one right after another at one of the Big Four Crown Games, is extraordinary. We should not begrudge him his unique title. Equestrian Events Horse races and chariot races played a featured role in the Olympics and other major ancient athletic festivals.
The palaestra was usually a rather large, square building with rooms to serve the athletes in various ways built around an open central courtyard, the wrestling area proper. Other combative sports took place there, as well. We may compare our golf or tennis club. Some of the wrestling buildings were public property, associated with a public gym, but others were separate, privately owned institutions. Many palaestrae focused on the physical training of boys, but older youths and men used them as well.
A Brief History of the Olympic Games by David C. Young