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Onward to the Olympics

Schaus, Gerald P., Wenn, Stephen R.

Published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press
ISBN 10: 1554580420 / ISBN 13: 9781554580422
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Title: Onward to the Olympics

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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Provides both an overview and an array of insights into aspects of the Olympic Games' history. This book explores the origins of the Games, compares the ancient and the modern, discusses the organisation and financing of such massive athletic festivals, and examines the participation, or the troubling lack of it, by women. Editor(s): Schaus, Gerald P.; Wenn, Stephen R. Num Pages: 408 pages, b/w photos & illus. BIC Classification: HBT. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 225 x 150 x 21. Weight in Grams: 538. . 2009. Paperback. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9781554580422

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The Olympic Games have had two lives?the first lasted for a millennium with celebrations every four years at Olympia to honour the god Zeus. The second has blossomed over the past century, from a simple start in Athens in 1896 to a dazzling return to Greece in 2004. Onward to the Olympics provides both an overview and an array of insights into aspects of the Games? history. Leading North American archaeologists and historians of sport explore the origins of the Games, compare the ancient and the modern, discuss the organization and financing of such massive athletic festivals, and examine the participation ,or the troubling lack of it, by women.

Onward to the Olympics bridges the historical divide between the ancient and the modern and concludes with a thought-provoking final essay that attempts to predict the future of the Olympics over the twenty-first century.

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Gerald P. Schaus is a professor of archaeology and Classical studies and former chair of the department at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he also teaches ancient sports. He is publishing the results of Canadian excavations in the Athena Sanctuary Stymphalos (Greece).

Stephen R. Wenn is a professor in Wilfrid Laurier University?s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He is co-author of Selling the Five Rings: The IOC and the Rise of Olympic Commercialism (2002).

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