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Nigel Spivey

The Ancient Olympics: War Minus the Shooting

Hay Festival 2004, 
The historian tells the classical Greek Olympics as they really wer: fierce contests between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assult. Contested bitterly, and often bloodily, the ancient Olympics wer not an idealistic celebration of unity, but a clash of military powers in an arena not far removed from the battlefield.