+ Free Lectures Until September 4: The Ancient Origins of the Olympic Games

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Until September 4, 2008, The Teaching Company is offering two lectures for download on the Ancient Origins of the Olympic Games.  The lecturer is veteran Teaching Company Professor Jeremy McInerney, Chair of the Graduate Group in Ancient History at the University of Pennsylvania.     http://www.teach12.com/ttcx/August2008Lecture.aspx?ai=30070&WT.mc_id=FLAct20080731

From the Web site:

Although the modern version of the Olympic Games has been around for over 100 years since its revival at the 1896 games in Athens, the Olympics have a rich and exciting history that goes back to ancient Greece.

A crucial aspect of Greek culture, the ancient Olympics emphasized the ideals of heroism and honor  found in Homer’s epic poetry.  The games were meant to celebrate physical strenth, speed, and manhood.  Most importantly, they embodied the spirit of competition (agon) that defined ancient Greek life.

The games as they were played back then bear a striking contrast to the Olympics as we know them today:

  • Athletes originally represented their families and not their communities.
  • Women were not allowed to compete, and only unmarried women could watch the games.
  • There were no team sports; rather individual athletes competed against each other.
  • The games never moved to different locations; instead, they were always held in the city of Olympia in southern Greece.

Despite their differences, the ancient Olympics were as celebrated as today’s games.  The first Olympics captured what it meant to be a citizen of Greece.  The Olympics of today capture what it means to be a citizen of the world.

The Teaching Company offers University-level lectures by award-winning professors on CD and DVD.  They cover all disciplines: history, English, mathematics, science, music, art, philosophy.  Once a year, most of them are offered on sale.  Find them at www.teach12.com

tutoring in Columbus OH:   Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021   or email  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com


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