Naked Olympics The True Story of the Ancient Games

ISBN-10: 081296991X

ISBN-13: 9780812969917

Edition: 2004

Authors: Tony Perrottet
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Description: 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 of Pagan Holiday brings 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 sources—including an actual Handbook for a Sports Coach used by the Greeks—The Naked Olympics creates 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 experience—including the round-the-clock bacchanal inside the tents of the Olympic Village, the all-male nude workouts under the statue of Eros, and history’s first corruption scandals involving athletes. Featuring sometimes scandalous cameos by sports enthusiasts Plato, Socrates, and Herodotus, The Naked Olympics offers essential insight into today’s Games and an unforgettable guide to the world’s 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. It's 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 From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/8/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Tony Perrottet has written for HQ, The Independent, The London Sunday Times, The New York Times, Esquire, Outside, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian and many other newspapers and journals. He is the author of Off The Deep End: Travels in New Frontiers. Tony is an Australian writer who lives in New York but visits Australia regularly.

Map : the sanctuary of Olympia c. 150 B.C.
For the love of Zeus
The Greek sports craze
Countdown
The Olympic boot camp
Trials of the ancient sports fan
Scenes from the fringe
Let the games begin
Blood on the tracks - the chariot race
The pentathlon
To the victors, the feast
The sacred slaughter
No Philistines in the stadium
To race with immortals
Javelins into spears
The forgotten amazons
Theater of pain - the contact sports
Bring on the leeches ...
Last rites
The Olympic program
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