The Ancient Olympics

Skip on the sweat (and the nudity) and spectate ancient Greeks playing a very different sort of Olympic games than the ones we know.
The Ancient Olympics is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good introduction It provides a good setup into an interesting future course
Date published: 2021-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Overview! Very informative and interesting, along with some entertaining anecdotes. The Greek games were truly a spectacular feat! Engaging professor, I would recommend this.
Date published: 2020-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and Unexpected I watched this lecture out of idle curiosity, and found it an unexpected delight. Before there was television, before there were gold medals and cereal endorsements, there were Olympic Games. Dr. Aldrete takes us back to the modest beginninng, when the competition consisted of a single footrace held in honor of the Greek god Zeus. As his entertaining and enlightening story unfolds, you will be surprised -- perhaps shocked, or even scandalized -- but your outlook on the Olympics will be forever changed. Even for those who are not particularly enthusiastic athletic fans, this lecture is well worth watching.
Date published: 2020-09-25
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Overview

Join a renowned history professor to uncover the stories of the ancient Greek Olympic games and discover just how far these legendary games have come in the world.
The Ancient Olympics

01: The Ancient Olympics

The Olympics are one of the most enduring legacies of ancient Greek civilization. Dr. Gregory Aldrete, Professor of Humanistic Studies and History, takes you on a compelling tour of the way the ancient Olympic games were played and celebrated, giving an in-depth view of the games, the athletes, and the evolution of this worldwide phenomenon.

27 min