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The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games (2004)

by Tony Perrottet

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I'd read and enjoyed some of Perrottet's other work and so eagerly grabbed this off the library shelf. I was not disappointed (although I was glad I did not have to read out certain sections to a great aunt).

Everything you would want to know about the original incarnation of the Olympics is here and provided in an easy-to-digest and page turning manner. Additionally, "The Naked Olympics" gave many an interesting glimpse into ancient Greek life and while the mentions of the old men that used to get their jollies watching young naked boys was a tad disturbing, there is many a guffaw to be found around the description of minutia, such as the graffiti found disparaging certain prostitutes.

So do yourself a favour and get your hands on this book and whatever other Perrottet titles you can find. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Mar 4, 2014 |
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In the hill above Olympia, I awoke with a start before dawn, feeling bleary-eyes from the Greek wine I'd drunk with some rowdy archeologists the night before.
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Ancient nude oiled Greeks / Ran fast, leaped long and jumped high / Did I mention nude? (MiaCulpa)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 081296991X, Paperback)

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

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"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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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